Ijaz Paras Masih
A 36-year-old Pakistani died inside of a detention centre after authorities neglected to provide him with treatment to a treatable health condition.
The British Pakistani Christian Association, a London-based charity that works to protect and advocate on behalf of persecuted Pakistani Christians, reported that Ijaz Paras Masih passed away inside Bangkok’s Immigration Detention Centre (IDC), where had been detained since June 2016.
Considering that Thailand doesn’t officially recognise asylum seekers or refugees, Masih was arrested on June 6, 2016, when authorities raided his condominium.
Masih and members of his family fled from Pakistan in 2015 because of online blasphemy accusations directed at two family members. Such charges in Pakistan can lead to Muslim mob violence against the accused and their families.
According to the BPCA, Masih began showing signs of “bad health” during his incarceration at IDC even though he was “perfectly healthy” before he was detained. As Masih’s time in the detention centre continued, he grew regularly fatigued and suffered from high blood pressure.
Then on October 22, 2016, Masih had to be transported to the hospital after he fell to the floor and suffered from stroke-like symptoms. He was diagnosed with having a severe stroke, which caused the left side of his body to become paralysed.
The BPCA report states that he suffered from uncontrollable urination while he was in solitary confinement and had to sit in urine-soaked clothes. After hours in isolation, Masih was taken to the prison showers to clean himself off. While in the shower, Masih collapsed to the floor and did not regain consciousness.
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