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Asad David’s Journey to Freedom Beyond Borders

Asad David’s odyssey from Pakistan to Thailand was fueled by a dire need for safety and a life away from persecution. In 2014, seeking to escape the oppressive conditions in his native country, Asad embarked on a journey to Thailand, a path fraught with challenges and the hope for refuge. However, what awaited him was an arduous encounter with Thailand’s stringent immigration policies.

Upon seeking asylum through the UNHCR, Asad found himself ensnared in legal complexities, leading to his arrest in Bangkok for lacking proper immigration status. This resulted in a harrowing six-month stint in the Immigration Detention Center (IDC), a period marked by severe conditions and the looming dread of an uncertain future, casting a shadow over Asad’s quest for freedom.

In the midst of despair, a beacon of hope emerged in the person of Mr. Farrukh Saif, a devout Christian and a founding member of ECSPE. Moved by the distressing circumstances faced by asylum seekers like Asad, Mr. Saif stepped in with decisive compassion. By securing Asad’s release from the IDC through a bail payment of 50,000 Thai Baht, Mr. Saif not only liberated Asad from the physical confines of detention but also reignited a flame of hope within him, demonstrating the profound impact of human kindness in the darkest of times.

Original article: Asad David Set Free from IDC Bangkok | ECSPE

By Farrukh Saif

Farrukh Saif is a Pakistani human rights activist based in Germany. He founded his own organization, the Farrukh Saif Foundation (FSF), in 2009 with the goal of supporting marginalized and oppressed minorities in Pakistan who are affected by religious discrimination, blasphemy laws, forced conversions, abductions, rape, and bonded slavery. The main focus of the FSF is on the liberation of bonded laborers, particularly those working in brick kilns in rural areas of Pakistan. In 2018, the FSF merged with the US-based Emergency Committee to Save the Persecuted and Enslaved. Throughout his career, Farrukh has been a leading voice for the rights of minorities in Pakistan and has gained international attention for his campaigns against the misuse of blasphemy laws and the belief that asylum is not a crime. In 2014, he played a key role in the release of hundreds of asylum seekers from Thai jails and has worked with his legal team to save numerous victims of strict blasphemy laws in Pakistan. Farrukh has also been invited by the Hungarian government to discuss his work and the issues he addresses. In addition to his work with the FSF, Farrukh has also been involved in various other humanitarian efforts, including providing health care services to internally displaced persons in Khayber Pakhtoon Khawa in 2009 and assisting flood victims in Sindh and Punjab in 2010. He has worked to aid victimized minorities in Pakistan and has a strong track record of successfully advocating for their rights. Farrukh joined forces with Keith Davies in 2018 to co-found the Emergency Committee to Save The Persecuted and Enslaved, and since 2009, they have collectively successfully rescued more than 36000 individuals from slavery and persecution.
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