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Travesty as Thailand Moves to Send Refugee Footballer to Bahrain

Expand © 2019 Human Rights Watch On Monday the football world was shocked by the appearance at a Bangkok court of refugee player Hakeem al-Araibi, brought in leg shackles and barefoot to face extradition to Bahrain, a country where he says he was tortured and fears for his life. Al-Araibi is a former member of Bahrain’s national soccer team who was detained and tortured following the 2011 Arab Spring protests in that country. He fled the country and made it to Australia, where he was granted refugee status and joined the professional team Pascoe Vale FC in Melbourne. Thai authorities took him…

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