KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — A Malaysian court docket Tuesday ordered a halt to the deliberate deportation of 1,200 Myanmar migrants to listen to an enchantment by two human rights teams, which say refugees, asylum seekers and minors had been amongst these being despatched again.
The court docket order, following a authorized bid by Amnesty International Malaysia and Asylum Access Malaysia, got here simply after the migrants had been transported to a naval base the place three Myanmar navy ships had been ready to take them dwelling.
“In gentle of the court docket ruling, the federal government should respect the court docket order and be certain that not one of many 1,200 people is deported right this moment,” said Amnesty International Malaysia’s director, Katrina Jorene Maliamauv.
Amnesty said the court will hear their appeal Wednesday and urged the government to reconsider its plans to send the migrants back home, where human rights violations are high following a Feb. 1 military coup that deposed the country’s elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi.
“It’s important to note that the stay of execution granted by the court does not mean the 1,200 are safe from being deported. They are facing life-threatening risks,” Maliamauv mentioned in an announcement.
Amnesty urged the federal government to present the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees entry to the 1,200 migrants and all immigration detention facilities normally, which Malaysia’s authorities has denied since August 2019.
Malaysian immigration officers couldn’t be instantly reached for remark. The division earlier mentioned there have been no UNHCR cardholders or ethnic Muslim Rohingya refugees within the group, who had been held for offenses together with not having legitimate journey paperwork, overstaying their visas and violating social go to passes.
But the 2 rights teams of their authorized submitting named three folks registered with the UNHCR and 17 minors who’ve not less than one mother or father nonetheless in Malaysia. The UNHCR has individually mentioned there have been not less than six folks registered with it among the many group because of be deported.
Amnesty and Asylum Access have mentioned the repatriation is tantamount to legitimizing ongoing human rights violations by Myanmar’s navy and would put the migrants prone to additional persecution, violence and even loss of life.
A bunch of 27 Malaysian lawmakers and senators additionally despatched a letter to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday urging him to halt the deportation. There was no response from the premier’s workplace.
Malaysia doesn’t acknowledge asylum seekers or refugees, however has allowed a big inhabitants to remain on humanitarian grounds. It 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 cracked down in response to assaults by a insurgent group. The safety forces have been accused of mass rapes, killings and the burning of 1000’s of houses.