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#SaveHakeem Urgent Action Call: STOP deportation to Bahrain of Australian refugee Hakeem Al Araibi in Thailand

Hakeem Al-Araibi has been recognised as a refugee and granted permanent protection by the Australian government. Last week, while he was in Thailand, he was taken by the Thai authorities to an immigration detention centre and told he will not be sent back to Australia.

The Thai authorities informed him that due to an Interpol red notice, he would be deported to Bahrain instead.  Today there are reports in the media that the Interpol red notice has been lifted, yet there is no clear sign of guaranteed safety and protection for Hakeem Al-Araibi by Australian and Thai state authorities or International authorities in the UN or ICRC with a  protection mandate.

“I’m a refugee in Australia, I’m scared of the Bahraini government … They will kill me. I don’t know what’s going to happen there. My life will end if I go to Bahrain.” Hakeem Al Araibi who has been detained in Thailand.   

This is a critical case as it sets a further precedent of abuse and torture across the world, and makes us refugees more insecure about travelling outside Australia.  It violates our right to freedom of movement, life, safety and protection. RISE has emailed UNHCR Thailand, UN-CAT, The Asia Pacific refugee rights network and our team has contacted UNHCR in Thailand by phone.

We urgently request our supporters to contact Thai and Australian authorities and International agencies listed below and ask them to intervene and stop the deportation of Hakeem Al-Araibi to danger and provide him with proper support and safeguards for safe travel back to Australia.

1. Contact Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs – Marise Payne
Electorate office: (02) 9687 8755
Email: Senator.Payne@aph.gov.au
Foreign Affairs: Foreign.minister@dfat.gov.au

2. Australian Ambassador to Thailand. Paul Stephens 
Phone : 02 344 6300 (Thailand) or 1300 555 135 (Aus)

*[Also contact your local Australian embassies]

3. Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) head office in Canberra
Contact numbers
Switchboard: +61 2 6261 1111
Fax: +61 2 6261 3111

4. UNHCR Australia
Phone: 1300 361 288 (within Australia)
+61 (0)2 9262 5377 (overseas).

5. OHCHR | Convention against Torture
Email: cat@ohchr.org

6. UNHCR Thailand
Phone : +66 2288 2180
Email : thaba@unhcr.org
Facsimile: +66 2280 0555

We should stop refugees from being deported to any country where they are likely to face harm and persecution.

RISE Team