About 24 Ahmadiya Pakistani asylum seekers, who are applying for an asylum status in Thailand, may be deported after they were illegally arrested from their homes in Bangkok on February 20, 2011. The group, which includes children and pregnant women, are presently detained at a police station.
Recently, about 85 persons, 17 of whom have already been granted refugee status by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Bangkok, have been taken into custody of the immigration detention facilities. They are presently subject to deportation proceedings.
On 20 February 2011, the Immigration Police in Thailand raided the houses where the 24 Ahmadiya Pakistani asylum seekers are staying in Bangkok. The group is composed of ten children, seven women–two of whom are in advanced stage of pregnancy; and seven men.
They are presently detained at Pratumtani Police Station while waiting to be transferred to the Immigration Detention Center. They will be subject to deportation proceedings.
At the time of their arrest, the UNHCR in Bangkok had already accepted the application of asylum status of 24 individuals.
The Ahmadis are being prosecuted over a Draconian Ordinance in 1984 in Pakistan, banning the Ahmadis from converting Muslims to their religion, and prohibits them from identifying themselves as Muslims. Therefore, the Ahmadis are being subjected to deportation or extradition proceedings to send them back to Pakistan to face the charges. Several groups of detainees in Thailand are also identified as members of Ammaddiya Muslims who fled such persecution in Pakistan to seek refuge and are endlessly waiting for refugee status from UNHCR.