Suhakam wants Rohingya refugees to be allowed to work

Source: FTM News

It calls on the government to accede to the 1951 Refugee Convention as there is a need for clarity, legal certainty and protection for refugees. Pic from FMT News.

It calls on the government to accede to the 1951 Refugee Convention as there is a need for clarity, legal certainty and protection for refugees. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today called on the government to do more for the Rohingyas taking refuge in the country.

Its chairman Razali Ismail said in a statement that the government should allow them to work while they are here. It should also review the policy of not allowing children of refugees to attend public schools.

In welcoming the measures of the government to tackle the “humanitarian crisis” facing the Rohingya Muslim minority in Rakine State, Myanmar, including hosting 56,000 of them, Razali said:

“Suhakam is of the view that more has to be done for the refugee population as a whole who are already in the country. Read more

Slight increase in number of flood victims in Sabak Bernam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

SABAK BERNAM, 24 Jan -- Anggota-anggota Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) membantu memindahkan mangsa banjir di Kampung Parit Lima Gambut, Sungai Besar hari ini.      Seramai 246 mangsa banjir dari 74 buah keluarga ditempatkan di lima pusat pemindahan sekitar daerah Sabak Bernam setakat 3 petang tadi.  --FotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

SABAK BERNAM, 24 Jan — Anggota-anggota Angkatan Pertahanan Awam Malaysia (APM) membantu memindahkan mangsa banjir di Kampung Parit Lima Gambut, Sungai Besar hari ini.
Seramai 246 mangsa banjir dari 74 buah keluarga ditempatkan di lima pusat pemindahan sekitar daerah Sabak Bernam setakat 3 petang tadi.
–FotoBERNAMA (2017) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

SHAH ALAM, Jan 26 — The number of flood victims at three evacuation centres in the Sabak Bernam district increased to 364 people (105 families) as at 8 am today, from 352 people last night.

A spokesman at the Sabak Bernam Disaster Operations Room said the number of victims at Dewan Sri Bernam, Sungai Besar, increased to 161 people (46 families), from 151 victims (42 families) last night.

“The number of victims at Dewan Parit Baru, Sungai Air Tawar, shows a drop from 169 people to 171 people (51 families),” he said when contacted by Bernama. Read more

Orang asli seek Suhakam inquiry over encroachment

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: The Temiar orang asli of Gua Musang have applied to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to conduct an enquiry into the Kelantan government over the encroachment of the contentious forest.

The Kelantan Network of Orang Asli Villages committee member Maya Bah Said said the move was aimed at stopping the encroachment into their customary land and the granting of temporary occupation licences and state leases to various companies, including loggers.

He said that the encroachments dating back to 2000 were now just metres away from their villages and polluting their water reserves.

The group also sought a moratorium on logging in the Balah forest reserve pending resolution of the enquiry. Read more