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Three of the Tham Luang cavers are stateless

By Pratch Rujivanarom When three of the Mu Pa footballers were rushed to the Chiang Rai hospital after their rescue, they couldn’t check in as Thai citizens, or as citizens of any country for that matter. They are stateless – no passports, no ‘home country’, no ID. The lack of Thai citizenship the three youth footballers highlights the hidden problems of stateless people. The Interior Ministry and the Children and Youth Department have confirmed that three of the 13 survivors from the Chiang Rai cave are ‘stateless’. Authorities have already promised to provide them legal assistance in the nationality verification process and if there were no complications in their documents all of them will have Thai nationality within six months. This follows extensive support from social media over the past week about the plight of the stateless members of the team. Ekkapol Chantawong, Phonchai Khamluang, and Adul Sam-on are just...

 

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