Malaysia prepares to deport Myanmar asylum seekers and detainees despite outcry

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Malaysia prepares to deport Myanmar asylum seekers and detainees despite outcry

Lumut (Malaysia), February 23

Malaysia started bussing asylum seekers and different detainees from Myanmar to a port the place ships have been ready to take them again to their strife-torn homeland, whilst rights teams made a late authorized bid to cease their deportation, saying lives have been in danger.

The 1,200 detainees are scheduled to go away on Tuesday afternoon in three navy ships despatched by Myanmar’s army, which seized energy in a February 1 coup, sparking weeks of protests from pro-democracy activists.

Refugee teams say asylum seekers from the minority Chin, Kachin and non-Rohingya Muslim communities fleeing battle and persecution at residence are amongst these being deported.

An immigration truck carrying Myanmar migrants to be deported from Malaysia is seen in Lumut, Malaysia, on February 23, 2021. REUTERS

Malaysia has mentioned it will not deport Rohingya Muslims or refugees registered with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

The UN refugee company has mentioned there are no less than six folks registered with it which can be additionally set to be deported and that there could possibly be extra. It has not been allowed entry to the deportees.

Buses and immigration division vehicles have been seen taking the detainees to the western Malaysian port of Lumut, the place the Myanmar ships are docked at a naval base.

Rights teams Amnesty International and Asylum Access sought a court docket order on Monday to cease the deportation, saying three folks registered with the UNHCR and 17 minors, who’ve no less than one mother or father in Malaysia have been among the many deportees.

A Myanmar Navy vessel, which shall be used to decide up deported Myanmar migrants from Malaysia, is docked at a jetty in Lumut, Malaysia, on February 22, 2021. REUTERS

“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,” Katrina Maliamauv, Amnesty Malaysia director, mentioned on Monday.

The court docket is ready to hear the request at midday (0400 GMT).

Malaysia has not responded publicly to critics or Reuters queries over the deportation of the asylum seekers and these registered with the UNHCR.

Concerns over deportation of unregistered asylum-seekers additionally persist because the UNHCR has not been allowed to interview detainees for over a yr to confirm their standing, amid a crackdown on undocumented migrants in Malaysia.

The US and different Western missions have been attempting to dissuade Malaysia from continuing with the deportation and urged the federal government to enable the UNHCR to interview the detainees.

They additionally say Malaysia is legitimising the army authorities by cooperating with the junta. Reuters

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