UNHCR Accused of ‘Negligence’ After Pakistani Christian Dies in Thai Detention Center

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(World Watch Monitor) Thailand’s government and the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Bangkok have been accused of “negligence” after a Pakistani Christian asylum seeker died in a detention centre last month.

Ijaz Masih, 35, was reportedly refused medical treatment on May 26 after complaining of chest pains, and died of a heart attack a few hours later. He had previously suffered a stroke, which friends attributed to the stress of life inside an overcrowded detention centre and a lack of hope for the future.

Masih had travelled to Thailand in 2013 with his wife and three children to seek asylum, claiming he had been persecuted for his Christian faith in Pakistan and that his life had been threatened.

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  • Grace Kim Kwon

    May the Lord bless and protect the Christian minorities in the Islamic land. People need a sense of mission for rescue works. Support the Christian missionaries.

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      I agree we should support the Christian missionaries. It is not always easy for them. Many of them see things we can’t even imagine. We need to support them and Pray for them as well. What a reward they will receive when they face Christ.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Yes, amen. Christian missionaries are the ones who are truly helpful to mankind and not UN. UN tries to be so neutral they are as good as non-existent today, so it seems. Men should be visionaries for the good and not merchants.


    Anybody that has ever worked with or for the United Nations, especially under peacekeeping operations, knows full and well that this organization does not fully support Christian asylum seekers. Why we continue to fund this organisation is beyond me.

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      We should never have funded the United Nations. Maybe one day we’ll stop funding them. At least I hope we stop.