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Hakeem Alaraibi, who was granted refugee status in Australia after fleeing an Arab Spring crackdown, was detained while on holiday in Thailand in late November.

Thailand's immigration chief vowed Wednesday not to force refugees to return home "involuntarily", after a Saudi woman's plea for resettlement drew global attention.

Bahraini footballer kept behind bars as Thailand prepares extradition

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Bahraini footballer kept behind bars as Thailand prepares extradition

Rights groups have warned refugee footballer Hakeem Alaraibi will be tortured if he is sent back to Bahrain.

Thailand extends detention of football pro wanted by Bahrain

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Thailand extends detention of football pro wanted by Bahrain

Human Rights Watch has accused Bangkok of "conveniently forgetting" Hakeem is a refugee, and that there is no reason to return him to ...

Refugee footballer from Bahrain held at Bangkok airport

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Refugee footballer from Bahrain held at Bangkok airport

Hakeem Alaraibi who was given refugee status in Australia after fleeing political repression in the Gulf state has been ...

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