Malaysian court docket halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants to listen to enchantment by two rights teams

Of their authorized submitting, the teams mentioned three individuals registered with UNHCR and 17 minors, with at the least one mum or dad nonetheless in Malaysia, had been being despatched again

Malaysian court halts deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants to hear appeal by two rights groups

On this picture taken from a video, an immigration truck with safety and unidentified individuals drives on a highway that results in Lumut Naval Base in Malaysia on Tuesday. AP

Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian court docket on Tuesday ordered a halt to the deliberate deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants to listen to an enchantment by two human rights teams, which say refugees, asylum seekers, and minors had been amongst these being despatched again.

The court docket order, following a authorized bid by Amnesty Worldwide Malaysia and Asylum Entry Malaysia, got here simply after the migrants had been  transported to a naval base the place three Myanmar army ships had been ready to take them residence.

“In gentle of the court docket ruling, the federal government should respect the court docket order and be sure that not one of many 1,200 people is deported right this moment,” mentioned Amnesty Worldwide Malaysia’s director, Katrina Jorene Maliamauv.

Amnesty mentioned the court docket will hear their enchantment on Wednesday and urged the federal government to rethink its plans to ship the migrants again residence, the place human rights violations are excessive following a 1 February army coup that deposed the nation’s elected chief Aung San Suu Kyi.

“It is necessary to notice that the keep of execution granted by the court docket doesn’t imply the 1,200 are secure from being deported. They’re dealing with life-threatening dangers,” Maliamauv mentioned in a press release.

Amnesty urged the federal government to offer the UN Excessive Commissioner for Refugees entry to the 1,200 migrants and all immigration detention facilities usually, which Malaysia’s authorities has denied since August 2019.

Malaysian immigration officers could not be instantly reached for remark. The division earlier mentioned there have been no UNHCR cardholders or ethnic Muslim Rohingya refugees within the group, who had been held for offenses together with not having legitimate journey paperwork, overstaying their visas, and violating social go to passes.

However the two rights teams of their authorized submitting named three individuals registered with the UNHCR and 17 minors who’ve at the least one mum or dad nonetheless in Malaysia. The UNHCR has individually mentioned there have been at the least six individuals registered with it among the many group attributable to be deported.

Amnesty and Asylum Entry have mentioned the repatriation is tantamount to legitimizing ongoing human rights violations by Myanmar’s army and would put the migrants vulnerable to additional persecution, violence, and even loss of life.

A gaggle of 27 Malaysian lawmakers and senators additionally despatched a letter to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday urging him to halt the deportation. There was no response from the premier’s workplace.

Malaysia would not acknowledge asylum seekers or refugees, however has allowed a big inhabitants to remain on humanitarian grounds. It’s residence to some 180,000 UN refugees and asylum seekers — together with greater than 100,000 Rohingya and different Myanmar ethnic teams.

Greater than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar since August 2017, when the army cracked down in response to assaults by a insurgent group. The safety forces have been accused of mass rapes, killings and the burning of 1000’s of houses.

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