Rescued children ‘not returned to Myanmar’

Rescued children ‘not returned to Myanmar’

Minister of cultural growth Varawut claims that Lop Buri church students were taken to a house in Chiang Rai.

Rescued children ‘not returned to Myanmar’
Minister of Social Development and Human Security, Varawut Silpa-archa, speaks at a government meeting in November of last year. ( Bangkok Post File Photo )

19 asynchronous children who were rescued in Lop Buri have not been returned to their families in Myanmar, according to secretary Varawut Silpa- archa, who spoke on Tuesday.

He was addressing common concerns that the children might be in risk of passing through a foundation in Chiang Rai.

According to Mr. Varawut, Thailand and Myanmar’s officials have a written agreement to protect children’s rights that dates back at least for 30 years.

Thus, he said, any attempt to push the children back to their original state would be difficult, as the ministry had complete responsibility to care for their well- being.

In the course of a monkhood consecration program, 19 asynchronous children, ages 5 to 17, were rescued from Wat Sawang Ar-Rom in the Lop Buri district of Baan Mi on March 12.

The babies were finally transferred to the Chiang Rai Children and Family Shelter, where they were being cared for by the Baan Kru Naam Foundation. The attempt raised common concerns that the children would be taken back to Myanmar, where they had previously fled.

After social development officials in Lop Buri expressed concern that the children might have been used to obtain cash, Mr. Varawut claimed the government had rescued them and transported them to the Chiang Rai shelter.

The kids, who were not under the agency’s treatment, showed no signs of having been part of a prostitution scheme, he added.

Nutchanart Boonkhong, the founder of the Baan Kru Naam Foundation, claimed that the children had been untreated and had been spending their summer at the Lop Buri church.

Mr Varawut said the government would take care of the family’s protection to the best of its powers, adding that the private sector may “know themselves” about the energy they have to take care of kids.

Meanwhile, Tuenjai Deetes, the founder of the Hill Area and Community Development Foundation ( HADF), questioned the government’s handling of stateless children who have immigrated to Thailand, noting that many do not feel secure in the country.

According to Suraphong Kongjuntuek, an analyst on minority and kids with the National Human Rights Commission, allowing this group of children to study in Thailand was not against the Children’s Protection Act, and the state must follow the law to protect the children as they are officially stupid.