Suaram: New low for human rights at Juru immigration detention centre

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The reported accounts by the two Cambodians who shared their experience of violence and death in the Juru detention camp marks a new low for human rights in Malaysia, says Suaram.

The deplorable living conditions plaguing immigration detention camps throughout Malaysia has always been a point of concern for civil societies in Malaysia.

With the large numbers of asylum seekers, refugees and illegal migrant workers detained in Malaysia, the conditions in these camps has deteriorate to conditions that can only be described as distressing at best. Despite the repeated calls by civil societies for proactive actions to be taken to remedy the situation, the government’s response to the concerns has been slow and opaque.

The accounts by the two Cambodians who shared their experience of violence and death in the Juru detention camp marks a new low for human rights in Malaysia.

While we can describe the appalling living conditions in detention camps throughout Malaysia as a gross human rights violation, the existence of torture and physical violence by depot staff and the scale at which it occurs elevates the issue from human rights violations to the realm of a crime against humanity.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) strongly condemns the act perpetrated by the depot staff as reported by detainees from the Juru detention camp. Investigations into the matter must be conducted with no further delays by all relevant enforcement agencies. Those who have committed these vile and heinous acts must be brought to justice immediately!

Sevan Doraisamy is executive director of Suaram. This statement was released on 17 August 2016

 

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