Pushing back boat carrying refugees and scurrilous attack wrong – Statement dd 4/28/2020

On 16 April 2020, the Malaysian Navy pushed back to sea a boat carrying Rohingyas. In violation of international law obligations to provide access to asylum seekers. In January this year, the International Court of Justice ruled that the Rohingyas were “extremely vulnerable” to military violence; and faced the threat of genocide. Sending them back to a territory where they would be at risk of such dire human rights violations clearly falls afoul of general international human rights as well as customary international law.pdf

Predictably, there has been a rising chorus of protest against the government’s action. Unfortunately, there have also been vicious attacks against those who have expressed concern. We refer in particular to one such statement by the Ambassador to Malaysia of The European Rohingya Council Tengku Emma Zuriana Bt Tengku Azmi who expressed her organisation’s grave disquiet.

Regretfully, instead of a civil and balanced reasoned discussion or response, her statement was visited upon by a sustained barrage of vitriolic abuse. Which transcended into personal, aggressive, racist and sexist comments. It even incited criminal acts of rape and physical violence against her person. Read more

Suhakam: Govt must uphold rights of Orang Asli, refugees

Source: FMT News

Human rights group chief Razali Ismail criticises those who deny Orang Asli control over their own lands and development based on their own values. Pic form FMT News.

Human rights group chief Razali Ismail criticises those who deny Orang Asli control over their own lands and development based on their own values. Pic form FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) says equality must be upheld in the country, especially for minorities such as the Orang Asli and refugee communities.

Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail said poverty and vulnerability continue to threaten the Orang Asli despite a clear ruling from the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination classifying discrimination against indigenous people as racial discrimination.

He added that they faced many challenges and that despite government efforts, their human rights were frequently violated.

“The Orang Asli are denied control over their own lands and development based on their own values.

“They have also been the victims of forced displacement due to uncontrolled logging,” he said in a statement released in conjunction with the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination today. Read more

Wujudkan ‘sistem khas’ urus Rohingya, kata Syed Hamid

Sumber: FMT News

SELAYANG: Kerajaan perlu mewujudkan “sistem khas” untuk menguruskan peningkatan jumlah kaum Rohingya di Malaysia, kata Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, Duta Khas Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) ke Myanmar.

Beliau berkata terdapat 50,000 Rohingya di Malaysia dan jumlah itu semakin meningkat dengan ramai di antara mereka mempunyai anak pada usia muda.

“Mereka berkahwin awal, mempunyai ramai anak. Kita tidak mahu anak-anak itu dieksploitasi mana-mana kumpulan jenayah bagi kepentingan mereka,” katanya selepas memberi bantuan makanan kepada kira-kira 200 Rohingya.

Acara ini diadakan di sebuah pusat pendidikan komuniti Rohingya di Selayang.

Beliau berkata, pendekatan baru diperlukan untuk menguruskan masyarakat Rohingya. Read more

Envoy moots special card to legalise, protect stateless Rohingya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Organisation of Islamic Countries special envoy to Myanmar Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar (right) is pictured distributing aid to the Rohingya community in Taman Selayang, Gombak December 26, 2016. MMO pic.

Organisation of Islamic Countries special envoy to Myanmar Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar (right) is pictured distributing aid to the Rohingya community in Taman Selayang, Gombak December 26, 2016. MMO pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 26 — A special immigration card to identify and confer legal status to the stateless Rohingya community should be established, Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) special envoy to Myanmar Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar suggested today.

Rather than relying on the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) card which identified refugees, the proposed new system would enable the Rohingya to be legally employed, receive medical attention and their children enrolled into legit schools, he added.

“We must have a system of registration. It would be easy for them to get jobs and make them not illegal. A card system like the immigration card can be issued to them,” he told a news conference after handing out welfare aid to the Rohingya community here.

‘The UNHCR cards only show that they are refugees. We want them to have rights before problems in their country is solved under international laws,” he added.

Syed Hamid also said that while Malaysia accepts the Rohingyas escaping their conflict-riddled home state in Myanmar, there is currently no structured framework in place to prevent the people from being exploited.

“We need to structure ourselves properly. We cannot be like now… so that they can get healthcare, go to school and get rights. Read more

Ministry to probe NGO selling ID cards to Rohingya

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Prof Azmi Hassan said with thousands of Rohingya refugees already in the country, the issuance of cards without official approval could seem to be a signal to those still in Myanmar to come here. — Reutrs pic

Prof Azmi Hassan said with thousands of Rohingya refugees already in the country, the issuance of cards without official approval could seem to be a signal to those still in Myanmar to come here. — Reutrs pic

PETALING JAYA, Aug 5 — The Home Ministry will investigate the sale of identity cards by a non-governmental organisation to migrants, including those who enter the country illegally.

“This (sale of identity cards) is being done without authorised consent or permission,” Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.

“It is illegal for identity documents of any kind to be issued without the express permission of the government.

“Those who sell the cards as well as those who bought them were guilty of issuing or being in possession of false documents. We consider these people to be engaged in criminal activities.

“We are looking into the matter and will take appropriate action. We have not received any request to issue cards from the organisation in question.”

Nur Jazlan said even if the organisation had applied for permission and had yet to be granted approval, it was a serious offence to begin distributing such identification cards on their own accord. Read more