Malaysian Activists Make Legal Bid To Halt Myanmar Deportation
Umer Jamshaid 14 days ago Tue 23rd February 2021 | 08:10 AM
Lumut, Malaysia, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 23rd Feb, 2021 ) :Malaysian activists made a last-ditch legal bid to halt the deportation Tuesday of 1,200 Myanmar detainees to their homeland weeks after a coup, following a storm of criticism.
The UN says it knows of at least six who are registered with them and in need of international protection.
"This effort to halt the deportation is based on information from refugee groups evidently indicating that asylum seekers and refugees are among the individuals being sent to Myanmar," said Katrina Jorene Maliamauv, executive director of Amnesty International Malaysia.
"The Myanmar military's human rights violations against protestors and dissidents have been widely documented. If Malaysia insists on sending back the 1,200 individuals, it would be responsible for putting them at risk of further persecution, violence and even death.
Officials insist those being sent back have committed offences such as overstaying their visas and no members of the persecuted Rohingya minority -- not recognised as citizens in Myanmar -- are among them.
But among the detainees are members of the Christian Chin minority and people from conflict-riven Kachin and Shan states, according to Lilianne Fan, international director of the Geutanyoe Foundation, which works with refugees.