Allow the Rohingya to land in this fair country, urges Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia. The alternative is to leave them adrift and certain death.
Over 70 civil society groups have issued a joint statement calling on a Japanese multinational corporation to stop intimidating activist-blogger Charles Hector, who had highlighted the plight of Myanmar migrant workers in the company’s plant in Malaysia. The Asian Human Rights Commission has separately expressed its outrage.
Yesterday was Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday but this occasion was not celebrated by her or the people of Burma. All the people of Burma were waiting for her release at the end of May 2009 – the day that would bring about change to the future of the people of Burma. Aung San Suu Kyi was going to have power but Burma’s military junta would never allow this to happen in order to sustain its power. Despite her release, she was arrested again and faces five to seven years imprisonment, observes Merhrom.
Asean member states have failed to acknowledge the root cause of Rohingya rights violations, namely the systemic discrimination faced by the Rohingya inside Myanmar. As long as this systemic persecution is not sufficiently addressed through viable policy initiatives by Asean states, the number of asylum seekers will continue to escalate, says Caram Asia.
KUALA LUMPUR, 6 March 2009: The recent side talks by governments during the 14th Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) summit has failed to adequately address the repeated violations against the Rohingya asylum seekers, reports CARAM Asia. Although Myanmar has initially agreed to allow some of the Rohingya refugees back into the country, it has done so on the condition that the refugees must prove themselves as Bengali, further removing the onus of responsibility from the state.
Refugees are appealing to their present host countries for temporary documents to allow them to stay and work legally while the UNHCR processes their resettlement to third countries. If they are allowed to work, refugees could signficantly contribute to the economic development of their host countries says Zafar Ahmad Abdul Ghani. Rohingya refugees are also asking the UNHCR to resettle them to third countries just as it does for other refugees.
They live from day to day in fear, not knowing where they will be the next day, fearing raids in the dark hours of the morning. There is no way to make a decent living or to live with human dignity, even here in Malaysia. Seen as ‘undocumented’ and ‘illegal’ under Malaysian immigration laws, they have no rights, not even the basic right to life. Angeline Loh describes the heart-rending plight of the “invisible” refugees in Malaysia.
Jakarta: A group of activists representing human rights organisations from East and South-East Asia have renewed calls for the immediate release of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi. They also called on the Government of Indonesia to take a stronger stand on democracy and human rights in Burma.