Fleeing Uyghurs Live in Deplorable Conditions in Thai Detention Centers

About 300 Uyghurs from China's restive Xinjiang region are being held in several detention centers in Thailand since they began arriving more than a year ago. Some of them, claiming they had fled repression in their homeland, have been living in deplorable conditions in the centers, resulting in illnesses and deaths, according to eyewitnesses. RFA received photos taken by a listener in December showing conditions in some of the centers.

2014.12.23
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Uyghur refugees resting on the floor of immigration detention center in Bangkok. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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Uyghur children at one of the centers. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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Uyghur refugees at a crammed center. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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The immigration detention center in Songkla, a city in southern Thailand near the border with Malaysia. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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A Uyghur child refugee before he became sick and died in a southern Thailand hospital. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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The sick Uyghur child refugee at the hospital before his death late December. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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The body of the child at the hospital morgue. Photos courtesy of an RFA listener.

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