Bangkok (AsiaNews) – Tensions and conflicts in Myanmar have historically found an echo in Thailand. Now however the Thai government plans to leave no room for the adversaries of Myanmar’s military regime.
In the past, during Myanmar’s long military dictatorship, Thailand has been a place of refuge for opponents. Now Thai authorities want to identify and arrest those who are illegally in the country and oppose the military junta in power in Myanmar.
Furthermore, the Thai government informed foreign embassies in Bangkok that only a few people seeking asylum in the country will be accepted and for a limited period of time, as long as the international community provides funding.
This is the usual line adopted by Thai authorities; however, for decades, Thailand accepted a large number of Myanmar refugees, mostly ethnic Karen, putting in them in nine camps along the border.
At present, they number around 130,000, many of them Thai-born, generally integrated into local communities despite the lack of rights and documents that would allow them, for example, to freely move and have access to educational, health and welfare services.