Tag Archives: Malaysia

Joint Statement: Malaysia Defies Court Order, Putting Lives in Imminent Danger

For the full statement in PDF, please see here. BANGKOK, 26 February 2021 The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN), Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) and the International Detention Coalition (IDC) … Continue reading

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URGENT STATEMENT: Malaysia Must Stop the Planned Deportation of Detained Myanmar Nationals and Allow Detainees Immediate Access to UNHCR

For the full PDF version, please click here. BANGKOK, 19 February 2021 The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly urge the Government of Malaysia to immediately halt the involuntary … Continue reading

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Indonesia and Malaysia: Indonesian migrant workers Facing hardship in Malaysia turn to Indonesian Government for Help

While Malaysia managed to flatten its COVID-19 curve with a strict stay-at-home order, a slowed economy has seen many migrant workers from neighbouring Indonesia struggle to feed themselves. As Indonesians — particularly women — face an increasingly desperate situation, there are … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Arrest Bangladeshi migrant who criticised Malaysian government on TV

Malaysian authorities say they have arrested a Bangladeshi man who criticised on television the country’s treatment of undocumented migrants during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old will now be deported. In a documentary on Al Jazeera, Rayhan Kabir said the government discriminated against … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Court Overturns Caning Sentence for 27 Rohingya Refugees

A court in northern Malaysia’s Kedah state threw out a lower court’s ruling that 27 Rohingya be caned for entering the country illegally, calling it inhumane to punish refugees with strokes from a rattan stick, setting aside a lower court’s … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Rohingya face ‘cruel’ caning sentence in Malaysia as hostility to refugees grow

Survivors of dangerous sea journey convicted amid a rise in hate speech and mass detentions in centres rife with Covid-19.  A group of 31 Rohingya men who disembarked from a boat in April have since been convicted under the Immigration … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Authorities Crackdown on Journalists over Documentary on Undocumented Workers

Several Al Jazeera journalists involved in a recent documentary about Malaysia’s treatment of undocumented workers during the coronavirus pandemic were questioned at the country’s police headquarters on Friday. The police have said they are investigating the staff about potential sedition, defamation and violation … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Refugee Artists Pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in Fear of Xenophobic Backlash

Artists from refugee communities have decided to pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in light of heightened xenophobia, said to have spurred out of the Malaysian government’s pushback of Rohingya boats in fear of them bringing COVID-19. The authorities have also … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Prime Minister Insists Malaysia cannot Take Anymore Refugees Amid Rising Pressure on ASEAN to Respond to the ‘Rohingya Crisis’

During the 36th ASEAN Summit, held virtually on the 26th June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyidden Yassin stated that Malaysia can no longer take in Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in light of their … Continue reading

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Myanmar: 23 COVID-19 Cases in Migrants Deported from Thailand

Myanmar has reported 23 cases of COVID-19, the most officially reported in a single day in the country, amongst a group of migrants held in quarantine after being deported from Thailand. The 23 migrants had been detained in Thailand’s detention … Continue reading

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