Thai Immigration received a formal request from Bahrain to extradite detained footballer

December 2018
Thai immigration received today a formal request from the Bahraini authorities to extradite the detained footballer, Hakeem Al-Araibi, despite the lifting of the Interpol’s red notice on Al-Araibi.

Amnesty: Thai Authorities Must Return Bahraini Refugee to Australia

December 2018
Amnesty International Australia  has today called on the Thai authorities to end the detention of Bahraini national and Australian resident Hakeem al-Araibi, which is ongoing despite the reported lifting of the INTERPOL Red Notice that led to him being detained.

Open Letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha: Release Refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi and Allow Him Safe Passage to Australia

December 2018
Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network sent an open letter to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-Ocha that calls for the release of the refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi and allow him safe passage to Australia

BKK Says Bahrain was aware of an Australian-resident flight and requested his arrest

December 2018
"The Bahraini government knew that he [Hakeem Al-Araibi] would be arriving in Thailand [on the 27th of November], so they coordinated with Thailand's permanent secretary of foreign affairs to detain him, pending documents sent from Bahrain," head of Thailand’s immigration bureau, Police Lieutenant General Surachet Hakparn, said in an interview with BBC Thai yesterday.

Australian-based refugee may be extradited to Bahrain today

December 2018
 GIDHR sources reported that Thai authorities decided to proceed with extraditing Hakeem Al-Araibi. He will be arrested tomorrow and brought to Bangkok Criminal Court (Ratchadaphisek), the sources said. However, a Thai lawyer tried to meet Al-Araibi yesterday but was denied access.

Human rights organizations demanded Thailand to release him: Football player al-Araibi faces the risk of deportation to Bahrain and fears for his safety

December 2018
Three Bahraini human rights organizations said that the life of Bahraini footballer and political refugee Hakeem al-Araibi will be in serious danger if the Thai authorities handed him over to the Bahraini government, which is involved in torturing prisoners, extrajudicial killings and issuing malicious death sentences. The organizations noted that they are aware of the seriousness of the extradition of a political refugee, who criticized a member of the ruling family in Bahrain.

Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs ignores the refugee status of the arrested Australian-resident

December 2018
Thai Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement, yesterday 8 December 2018, on the case of the Australian-resident refugee Hakeem Al-Araibi.

Thai authorities are pushing to extradite Australian-based refugee footballer to Bahrain

December 2018
A Thai court decided to extend the detention of Hakeem Al- Araibi for 60 more days so Immigration Department can prepare his extradition to Bahrain.