Throughout 2018, authorities in Thailand consented to extradition orders from their neighbours, often putting individuals at huge risk.
Sam Sokha – a protester who threw a shoe at a billboard of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen – was arrested in February 2018, having been sent back to Cambodia from Thailand. The UN refugee agency had reportedly formally recognised her as a refugee in Cambodia.
In December, Thai authorities moved to return dissident Rath Rott Mony, President of the Cambodian Construction Workers Trade Union Federation, to Cambodia – despite clear evidence that he would face politically motivated prosecution, wrongful detention, and ill treatment in the country. Thai authorities arrested Mony in Bangkok on 7 December following a formal request by the Cambodian government. He was sent back to Cambodia and put on trial for ‘incitement to discriminate’, facing a year in prison. He had recently worked on a documentary critical of Cambodia’s role in child sex trafficking; Cambodian authorities accused the documentary makers of paying the featured girls and their mothers to lie on camera in order to harm Cambodia’s reputation.
Thai authorities also began proceedings to comply with an extradition request by Bahrain for refugee Hakeem al-Araibi, who had been tortured in Bahrain. Authorities initially targeted him because of his brother’s political activities. A court finally denied the extradition request in 2019, and al-Araibi was allowed to go to Australia, where he has since received citizenship and publicly commented on the Bahraini government’s human rights record.
 Associated Press, Cambodian Shoe-Thrower Arrested After Thailand Deports Her, 9 February 2018, available at https://www.apnews.com/e765113965014dd2aecbe237f62d7635
 Human Rights Watch, Thailand: Don’t Return Cambodian Dissident, 11 December 2018, available at https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/12/11/thailand-dont-return-cambodian-dissident
 ARTICLE 19, Thailand: Free Hakeem al-Araibi, Protect Free Speech of Refugees and Political Exiles, 4 February 2019, available at https://www.article19.org/resources/thailand-free-hakeem-al-araibi-protect-free-speech-of-refugees-and-political-exiles/