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A human rights expert says the current timeframe is critical in terms of determining Hakeem Al-Araibi's immediate future. 

Phil Robertson, the deputy Asia director of Human Rights Watch, told ABC Radio this morning that the Thai Government is now considering Bahrain's formal extradition request of Al-Araibi.

He said that consideration of the request by the Thai Attorney-General, Kemchai Chutiwong, could go one of two ways.

“The Attorney-General has the discretion to rule whether to forward the extradition request to the Courts, or he could also send Hakeem back to Australia within days.

“All that is needed is for the Attorney-General to say the extradition request is out of order, as he is a refugee.”

Robertson says that if Mr Chutiwong decides to let it go to the Courts, the case could drag on for more than a year by the time each sides puts in their arguments, the case is heard, and allowing time for appeals. 

“He (Chutiwong) must also consider other issues, for example whether the decision to extradite would cause major damage to Thailand's international reputation - which it most certainly would.”

Robertson says the Thai Government is mindful of the criticism it is receiving on this matter, and the international pressure is starting to have an effect.

“Thailand is less confident about their course of action than they were a few days ago. The fact that FIFA and the IOC have intervened has also shaken their confidence.”

Robertson also urged the Australian Government to take a stronger leadership role in the issue.

“The Australian Government needs to be more forceful in leading the international community,” Robertson said.

“Everyone is potentially at risk from this decision. Any refugee could be at risk. There is a larger principle at stake here: you don’t send refugees back to the country they came from.”


TOMORROW is a day of protest in support of Hakeem Al-Araibi. See details here.


WHO TO CONTACT

If we find details for Mr Kemchai Chutiwong, we will add them here. If you find them, please let us know via email ref@footballtoday.news

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Thailand Government

Mr Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister

Mr Don Pramudwinai, Foreign Minister

Mr Kemchai Chutiwong, Attorney General

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minister@mfa.go.th

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@prdthailand

@mfaupdate

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AFCShaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, Presidentpritibah.rabinder@the-afc.com@theafcdotcom
Australian GovernmentSenator Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs

foreign.minister@dfat.gov.au

senator.payne@aph.gov.au

@marisepayne
Bahrain GovernmentShaikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister for Foreign Affairscontactus@mofa.gov.bh@khalidalkhalifa

PROMINENT THAI COMPANIES

We urge you to write/tweet these prominent Thai companies which are also involved in football, as they may help put pressure on the Thai Government. 

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King Power@kingpowerhq
Thai Beverages (Chang)

@thai_bev

@changworld

@changbeeruk

Thai Airways@thaiairways

 

SIGN THE CHANGE.ORG PETITION

https://www.change.org/p/marise-payne-save-hakeem

SIGN THE AMNESTY PETITION

https://action.amnesty.org.au/act-now/savehakeem-tell-thailand-to-release-refugee-footballer 

SUPPORT PFA's FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR A HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER IN THAILAND

https://www.gofundme.com/save-hakeem-alaraibi


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