Bangkok: Uyghur refugee imprisoned in centre for nine years dead
April 28, 2023 | AsiaNews | By Steve Suwannarat
Sources from the World Uyghur Congress (a historical diaspora organisation of this Turkic and Muslim population) and the Uyghur Human Rights Project (a group committed to protecting the identity and rights of Uyghurs), reported that Mettohti Matturson’s condition had recently worsened, with severe abdominal pain and vomiting. He had also developed severe jaundice. The transport to hospital was useless, where he died.
“How many more deaths will there be before the Thai authorities act humanely and release these innocent people who are just seeking safe harbour?” asked the executive director of the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Omer Kanat, on the news of Mettohti’s death. “Uyghurs around the world are distressed at the thought that these refugees have been in a miserable condition for nine years without the world lifting a finger to save them.”