In response to reports that Hakeem al-Araibi will be returning home to Australia, Claire Mallinson, National Director of Amnesty International Australia said:
“Amnesty is delighted to hear that after two long months Hakeem al-Araibi is finally coming home, and welcomes the Thai government’s decision to uphold Hakeem’s human rights.
This would not have been possible without all the hard work and persistence of everyone involved.
“While it has been a long and arduous two months in detention for Hakeem, Thailand has done the right thing in dropping the case against him. There has been overwhelming support for Hakeem from Australia and abroad, incredible work from Amnesty Ambassador Craig Foster with support from the football, sporting and Olympic communities, human rights organisations, the Australian government and public as well as our colleagues in Amnesty Thailand. This would not have been possible without all the hard work and persistence of everyone involved.
“Hakeem’s plight and the overwhelming support he received has received shows that the Australian public stand up for justice and for what is right. We look forward to welcoming Hakeem home today.”