BANGKOK — A mannequin from Myanmar who denounced her nation’s navy rulers final yr from the stage of a magnificence pageant in Thailand mentioned Friday she fears she could also be pressured again house.
Thaw Nandar Aung, also referred to as Han Lay, informed The Related Press by cellphone that she has been caught at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport since being denied reentry to Thailand when she arrived Wednesday evening from a brief journey to Vietnam. She has been dwelling in Thailand however wanted to exit and reenter with a view to lengthen her keep.
She mentioned she was searching for the help of the United Nations refugee company to keep away from being despatched again to Myanmar, the place she feared harsh punishment from the navy authorities she has criticized.
Folks denied entry to Thailand are often deported to their final level of departure, however the U.N. company suggested her she could be arrested in Vietnam after which repatriated to Myanmar.
Thai Overseas Ministry spokesperson Tanee Sangrat confirmed in a textual content message that Thaw Nandar Aung was denied entry into Thailand “resulting from a difficulty along with her journey doc.”
“The related authorities didn’t make an arrest and don’t have any plans to ship her wherever at this stage,” he mentioned.
Myanmar’s navy seized energy in February 2021 from the elected authorities of Aung San Suu Kyi and has cracked down closely on widespread opposition to its rule. It used deadly drive to quash demonstrations and has arrested critics, together with actors and different celebrities, underneath numerous legal guidelines with potential penalties starting from three years’ imprisonment to dying. In July, authorities executed 4 activists who had been accused of involvement with terrorist actions.
Thaw Nandar Aung mentioned that on arrival in Bangkok, Thai immigration authorities entered her title of their on-line database after which requested her if she had reported her passport lacking in Vietnam, to which she replied “no.” She mentioned they then confirmed her a display they mentioned indicated there was an Interpol Pink Discover out for her, which implies the police drive of a rustic had requested for her to be detained.
It couldn’t be instantly confirmed whether or not Interpol has posted such a discover. Nevertheless, Myanmar’s navy authorities has unilaterally revoked lots of its main opponents’ passports in an effort to limit their actions.
Thaw Nandar Aung used her platform because the Myanmar contestant eventually yr’s Miss Grand Worldwide magnificence pageant within the Thai capital, Bangkok, to discuss the killings of pro-democracy protesters in her homeland.
“Each citizen of the world desires the prosperity of their nation and the peaceable surroundings,” she mentioned. “In doing so, the leaders concerned mustn’t use their energy and selfishness.”
“At this time in my nation, Myanmar, whereas I’m going to be on this stage, there are such a lot of folks dying, greater than 100 folks died at this time. I’m deeply be sorry for all of the individuals who have misplaced their lives,” she mentioned, pausing often to struggle again tears.
She added: “I wish to say for right here that, please assist Myanmar. We’d like your pressing worldwide assist proper now.”
Her assist for her nation’s pro-democracy motion continued on-line after the pageant.
On Thursday evening, Thai police informed her that Myanmar police had come to see her, however she declined to satisfy them, Thaw Nandar Aung mentioned, including that she anticipated to satisfy with representatives from the U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Refugees workplace on Friday.
“Everybody now could be making an attempt to guard me, like UNHCR,” she mentioned forward of her assembly. “I believe they’ll discover a resolution for me, at this time. Let’s examine.”
Calls to her later Friday went unanswered. The U.N. often seeks discretion in its efforts to assist folks discover asylum.