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IHRC is calling on all campaigners to refuse to travel to Thailand in protest against its continued persecution of the Muslims of Southern Thailand ALERT: Boycott Thailand tourism industry

21 December 2004

IHRC is calling on all campaigners to refuse to travel to Thailand in protest against its continued persecution of the Muslims of Southern Thailand


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Islamic Human Rights Commission
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21 December 2004

ALERT: Boycott Thailand tourist industry

1. Background
2. Suggested Action

1. Background

For a background briefing on the historical context of events in Southern Thailand please go to IHRC's latest briefing on 'A brief introduction to the Kingdom of Patani' on our briefings page.
http://www.ihrc.org.uk/show.php?id=1342

Further material can be found on our site giving information on recent events. Please go to the search page and type 'Thailand' into the box and search.


2. Suggested Action

IHRC is calling on all campaigners to refuse to travel to Thailand in protest against its continued persecution of the Muslims of Southern Thailand . Please write a letter to the Thai embassy in your country informing them of your decision not to travel to Thailand. IHRC has produced a model letter for campaigners to send to the Thai Embassy in London. The text is pasted below. Campaigners can sign and send it or use it as a guide to write their own letter.


Postal Address Royal Thai Embassy
29-30 Queen's Gate
London
SW7 5JB

Fax: 02078239695

Email: thaiduto@btinternet.com


MODEL LETTER


[Your Name]
[Your Address]




Date:

H.E. Dr Vikrom Koompirochana
Royal Thai Embassy
29-30 Queen's Gate
London
SW7 5JB




Dear Dr. Koompirochana:


Re: Ethical Refusal to visit Thailand


I am writing to you to inform you that neither I nor my family will be visiting Thailand for holidays or vacation in future.

I have come to this decision after learning of the intense persecution of the Muslims in the southern provinces by the Thai government. Most recently, I saw the carnage on the news in late October 2004 where 84 unarmed Muslim protestors were ruthlessly killed while in police custody. This followed the slaughter of 120 Muslims by Thai security forces in April 2004

I have discovered that this is only the latest episode in the severe persecution and social, political and economic discrimination which the Muslims in the south of Thailand have been facing for over one hundred years. There has been an ongoing gross and systematic violation of their human rights in contravention of international human rights standards.

I do not believe that people of conscience should visit Thailand unless and until it ends its persecution of the Muslims in the South. Consequently, I will be encouraging my family, friends and colleagues to boycott your country until it begins to act in a civilized manner.

Yours sincerely,



Your signature,
Your name



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