Government face a global backlash following the forced repatriation of Uighurs

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Photo by EPA
Photo by EPA
Photo by EPA

Thailand is facing a global backlash after deporting Turkic ethnic Uighurs back to Turkey and China. While the international community has mostly accepted the decision to send the Uighurs to Turkey after they illegally entered Thailand last year, many have harshly criticised the government for repatriating other Uighurs in the group to China. Sending the minority group to China was a death sentence, some critics said. The Turkish Foreign Ministry expressed its deep disappointment with the Thai government , while protesters in Istanbul rioted and broke into the Thai consulate. This violence has resulted in security alerts for other Thai diplomatic corps across Europe. The Thai government insisted it made  the right decision in repatriating the migrants in line with its policy on illegal immigration, particularly after the Rohingya crisis.