KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Malaysia’s authorities will repatriate 1,200 Myanmar migrants subsequent week regardless of a navy coup of their dwelling nation, however has assured that they won’t embody minority Muslim Rohingya refugees or these registered with the U.N. refugee company.
But the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees voiced concern Tuesday that there could also be weak ladies and youngsters among the many group. Myanmar’s chief, Aung San Suu Kyi, was detained because the navy seized energy on Feb. 1, sparking protests within the nation.
Malaysia’s immigration chief, Khairul Dzaimee Daud, stated in a press release late Monday that the detainees will likely be deported Feb. 23 on Myanmar navy ships.
He stated the 1,200 had been held for offenses together with not having legitimate journey paperwork, overstaying and violating their social go to passes.
“There are no UNHCR cardholders or ethnic Rohingya involved in the repatriation. It is just part of a usual program to deport immigrants in our detention depots,” Khairul Dzaimee stated.
The division stated Malaysia repatriated 37,038 migrants final yr, together with 3,322 from Myanmar. This was down from 59,114 in 2019, as many nations shut their borders as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, it added.
The UNHCR stated it has been barred from accessing Malaysia’s immigration detention facilities since August 2019 and was unable to confirm who wants safety.
“We are concerned that there remains in detention in Malaysia a number of people, including vulnerable women and children, who may be in need of international protection but whose claims have not been verified and thus do not have the requisite UNHCR documentation,” the UNHCR stated.
“If found to be in need of international protection, these individuals should not be deported to a situation where their lives or freedoms may be at risk,” it stated.
Malaysia is dwelling to some 180,000 U.N. refugees and asylum seekers — together with greater than 100,000 Rohingya and different Myanmar ethnic teams.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled from Myanmar since August 2017, when the navy launched a clearance operation in response to assaults by a insurgent group. The safety forces have been accused of mass rapes, killings and the burning of hundreds of houses.
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