What if Malaysia… ratified the UN Refugee Convention?

Chin refugees from Burma in Malaysia - Photo credit: hmanthlak picasa

Over the past year, the Malaysian government has been criticised by various human rights organisations for its treatment of refugees and undocumented migrants.

However, the hard truth is Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention (which defines who a refugee is and sets out the rights of individuals who are granted asylum and the responsibilities of nations that grant asylum), and so it becomes difficult to hold our government accountable.

But what if we do sign the 1951 Refugee Convention? What would change? How will it benefit our country?

On this episode, BFM discusses these issues with Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Katrina Jorene Maliamauv and refugee policy researcher Aslam Abd Jalil.

Produced by Dashran Yohan and Teo Xing Yu

Presented by Dashran Yohan

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