Malaysia’s secret forced return to China of six Uighurs with pending asylum claims on 31 December 2012, was a grave violation of international law, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to the Malaysian government on 4 February.
Tenaganita has been informed that a “big raid” was carried out in Melaka on 3 March 2012, at about 4.00am. The total number of migrants and refugees detained in that raid is currently unknown.
There are no safeguards for undocumented migrant and asylum seekers in Malaysia: they’re open to arrest and detention in immigration detention centres, says Angeline Loh in an interview with Radio Australia.
The Australian High Court ruled on 31 August 2011, that the Australia-Malaysia Transfer and Resettlement Arrangement is invalid and that any attempt to remove these asylum seekers to Malaysia would be unlawful, Human Rights Watch said.
A High Court in Australia has ruled by a 6-1 majority that the refugee swap deal with Malaysia is invalid. The ruling comes a day after the New York-based Human Rights Watch made a submission to Australian Senate committees outlining why it felt the swap deal was seriously flawed.
Australia and Malaysia’s agreement to swap 800 asylum seekers who arrive in Australia for 4000 refugees living in Malaysia fails to meet minimal standards for refugee burden-sharing, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to both countries’ prime ministers.
Aliran is dismayed that the most fundamental requirements of refugee protection, especially the basic human rights of all refugees, is not covered by the Australia-Malaysia asylum seekers-for-refugees swap deal signed on 25 July 2011 – notwithstanding that Malaysia is not a state party to the 1951 Refugees Convention.
In the Australia-Malaysia refugees-for-asylum seekers swap deal recently inked, vulnerable displaced eople are being treated like commodities that can be bartered, writes Angeline Loh.
The proposed refugee swap with Malaysia should be abandoned immediately, said the organisers of a protest to mark World Refugee Day on 19 June outside Sydney Town Hall.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch welcomes the Australian government’s support for the recommendation by Sweden to safeguard the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. However, the group remains deeply concerned that while Australia claims to protect these rights, the government’s current and prospective policies and practices may in fact run afoul of Australia’s international obligations.