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International Christian Voice (ICV) is very saddened to learn that 36-year-old Pakistani Christian asylum seeker Mr. Ijaz Paras Masih has died in Bangkok, Thailand while in an Immigration Detention Centre. He had been facing serious health concerns for many months and succumbed to his illness on May 26, 2017 due to a lack of medical treatment.

Ijaz ParasIn the IDC, his health deteriorated substantially. His first heart attack occurred last year and he had become paralyzed since. He repeatedly requested Thai officials in the IDC to provide him with the appropriate medical treatment but it was not provided to him, ultimately leading  to  his death. Ijaz Masih is sadly not the first Pakistani Christian who has died inside a detention centre due to the negligence of Thai Authorities and local UNHCR officials. Many other individuals and families continue to suffer from the maltreatment and inhumane conditions inside Thai IDCs.

   Ijaz Paras Masih

 

Mr. Masih’s family is now broken and devastated as he leaves behind his wife and three young children who have no one to care and provide for them.

International Christian Voice strongly condemns the apathetic behaviour of Thai officials and the UNHCR. The complete disregard for the health and wellbeing of detained asylum seekers is unacceptable.

Fmaily of Ijaz ParasWe urge the governments of Canada and other countries to come forward and help Pakistani Christian asylum seekers in Thailand, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and elsewhere. We cannot allow our brothers and sisters to continue suffering and dying due to negligence.

Please pray for the bereaved family.

 

 

 

 Family of Ijaz Paras Masih

 

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