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Thai junta's repatriation of refugees to China under fire globally

Thailand's repatriation to China of two activist refugees comes after the deportation in July of 109 persecuted Uighurs.

BANGKOK -- Thailand is drawing harsh criticism from the U.S. government, human rights organizations and others for the arrest and repatriation of two Chinese activist refugees, seen as an attempt to curry favor with the regional heavyweight.

     Dong Guangping and Jiang Yefei, two longtime dissidents from mainland China, have been arrested in Thailand and repatriated. Thai authorities are thought to have detained the two on Oct. 28, ostensibly over visa issues, before deporting them last Friday. Both men are recognized as refugees by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

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