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.
Unfortunately, the government will not guarantee the safety of those in conflict zones if they arrive in Malaysia as asylum seekers and refugees, laments Angeline Loh.
Far away from their homeland, the Rohingyas in Malaysia can only wring their hands in despair over the agonising hardships faced by their families at home, writes Angeline Loh.
It is disgraceful that a politician seemingly on the way out has to ressurect the fear factor to shore up her flagging fortunes in Umno.
Many Muslims from erstwhile East Bengal settled in Assam in early 20th century. But vested interests are out to prove that their descendants today are illegal migrants, writes Banajit Hussain.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network is gravely concerned that Bangladesh has denied safe haven to those fleeing from recent sectarian violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar and has taken action to forcibly return asylum seekers back to Myanmar.
Observing World Refugee Day today, Aliran condemns the racial and religious violence that broke out in Burma’s western Arakan state between ethnic Rakhine Buddhists and ethnic Rohingya Muslims on 8 June 2012.
To promise an amnesty and then to back-track and break those promises does not forge greater trust in the authorities, remarks Angeline Loh.