UPDATE (Thailand/Cambodia): Sok Yoeun won’t be extradited to Cambodia


Urgent Appeal Case: UP-05-2004
ISSUES: Refugees, IDPs & Asylum seekers,

Dear Friends

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is very happy to give you good news that Mr. Sok Yoeun, 67, who is a political prisoner and prisoner of conscience, won’t be extradited to Cambodia and will reunite with his family in Finland soon. 

Thailand’s Appeals Court ruled on Nov 28 last year that Sok Youen was to be extradited within three months or set free. The government, on humanitarian grounds, then decided that the Sok Youen, now in his 50s and ill, should be allowed to be reunited with his family in Finland. He was arrested in Thailand in 1999 after fleeing from Cambodia where he was charged with involvement in a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Hun Sen in 1998. He is recognised as a prisoner of conscience by Amnesty International, and as a refugee by the UNHCR. On 16 January 2004, the Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has agreed to Thailand’s decision to send Mr. Sok Yoeun to join his family in Finland instead of extraditing him. 

In her mail which was sent to the AHRC, our partner in Thailand said, “Thanks to AHCR, I was told that there were a lot of faxes, letters directly to Thai Government regarding the Release of Sok Yoeun, the support from AHRC friends has proved that injustice can be challenged.” 

To see our previous urgent appeals regarding this case, please visit: 
[UP-52-2003: http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2003/572/
UA-75-2003: http://www.ahrchk.net/ua/mainfile.php/2003/512/

We thank you for all your support in the past for this case.

Urgent Appeals Desk
Asian Human Rights Commission

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Document Type : Urgent Appeal Update
Document ID : UP-05-2004
Countries : Thailand,
Issues : Refugees, IDPs & Asylum seekers,