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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