In their legal registration, the groups announced that three UNHCR registered persons and 17 minors with at least one parent in Malaysia had been returned
In this image from a video, an immigration truck with security guards and strangers drives down a road leading to Lumut Naval Base in Malaysia on Tuesday. AP
Kuala Lumpur: A Malaysian court on Tuesday ordered the suspension of the planned deportation of 1,200 migrants from Myanmar to hear a call from two human rights groups claiming that refugees, asylum seekers and minors were being returned.
The court order came after a legal offer from Amnesty International Malaysia and Asylum Access Malaysia shortly after the migrants were taken to a naval base where three Myanmar military ships were waiting to take them home.
« Given the court ruling, the government must Respect the court order and ensure none of the 1,200 people are deported today, « said Katrina Jorene Maliamauv, director of Amnesty International Malaysia.
Amnesty said the court would hear her appeal on Wednesday and urged the government to revise its plans to reconsider sending migrants home where human rights law Victims are high following a February 1 military coup that ousted the country’s elected leader, Aung San Suu Kyi.
« It’s important to note that the court-granted stay of execution doesn’t mean the 1,200 are safe from deportation. They are exposed to life-threatening risks, « Maliamauv said in a statement.
Amnesty called on the government to allow the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees access to the 1,200 migrants and all immigration detention centers in general, which the Malaysian government has denied since August 2019
Malaysian immigration officials could not be reached immediately for comment, the department previously said there were no UNHCR cardholders or ethnic Rohingya Muslim refugees in the group detained for crimes, including lack of valid travel documents , the violation of their visas and the violation of social visit passports.
In their legal registration, the two rights groups named three persons registered with the UNHCR and 17 minors who still have at least one parent in Malaysia. The UNHCR separately stated that at least six People in the group are registered nd who are to be deported.
Amnesty and Asylum Access have stated that repatriation is tantamount to legitimizing ongoing human rights violations by the military in Myanmar and putting migrants at risk of further persecution, violence and even death / p> A group of 27 Malaysian lawmakers and senators sent a letter to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday asking him to stop the deportation. There was no response from the Prime Minister’s Office.
Malaysia does not recognize asylum seekers or refugees, but has allowed a large population to remain on humanitarian grounds. Around 180,000 UN refugees and asylum seekers live here – including more than 100,000 Rohingya and other ethnic groups in Myanmar.
More than 700,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar since August 2017 when the military cracked down on them in response to attacks by a rebel group proceeded. The security forces have been charged with mass rape, murders and burning thousands of houses.
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The development came after the BWF decided to postpone two tournaments in Malaysia and Singapore Open from their earlier scheduled dates.
The Malaysia Masters, Indonesia Masters and Indonesia Open have been postponed with no new dates set, the Badminton World Federation said.
Prior to the brief experiment with hybrid military-civilian governance, the military had imposed direct rule on Myanmar for almost half a century
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