Source: The Sundaily
Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail says the commission will strive to improve Malaysia’s human rights situation. Image from FMT News.
KUALA LUMPUR: In conjunction with World Refugee Day, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is standing firm with 68 million refugees worldwide.
While criticising the United Nations (UN) and the UN Security Council over its failure to end the conflicts and wars in many countries, resulting in the extraordinary influx of refugees into other nations, the commission was, however, hopeful the new Malaysian Government would do more for them.
Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pix) said many of the refugees were from Yemen, Syria, Palestine and Myanmar who made their way to many countries, including Malaysia
Suhakam also welcomed the new Malaysian Government’s commitment and promise to ensure refugees were given the ‘right to work’ in the country, he said. Read more
Source: The Malay Mail Online
JUNE 19 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the Commission) aligns itself with others in expressing serious concerns over the exacerbating global refugee crisis. In the wake of escalating violence, turmoil and armed conflict plaguing many parts of the world, millions of people, many of whom are women and children, are adversely affected and become refugees. They are forced to flee their homes and cross international borders and deep seas, risking their lives in pursuit of safety and survival.
Thousands of them die in the process.
In commemorating World Refugee Day, which falls on 20 June, the Commission pays tribute to the courage and determination demonstrated by refugees and asylum seekers all over the globe. The trials and tribulations endured by them to escape persecution and life-threatening circumstances in their home countries are unspeakable, and their strength and perseverance in overcoming such difficult situations deserve recognition.
However, recognition alone will do very little to improve the plight of refugees. Concrete actions must be taken not only to mitigate the predicaments faced by them but also to safeguard their human rights and to address the root causes that lead to their unfavourable situation in the first place. Read more
Source: UN News Centre
UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi talks to a Somali refugee family during his visit in Ifo Camp in Dadaab, Kenya. Photo: UNHCR/Siegfried Modola
16 June 2016 – Ahead of the World Refugee Day on 20 June, more than 60 film, TV and music stars have joined refugees, faith leaders and the United Nations refugee agency staff to back a petition highlighting the plight of forcibly displaced people.
The #WithRefugees petition aims to gather public support for the growing number of families forced to flee conflict and persecution worldwide, who currently face heightened anti-refugee rhetoric coupled with greater restrictions to asylum, according to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“We are in a period of deepening conflict and turmoil in the world, which is causing many more people to flee their homes than before,” said Filippo Grandi, UN High Commissioner for Refugees. “It affects and involves us all, and what it needs is understanding, compassion and political will to come together and find real answers for the refugee plight. This has become a defining challenge of our times,” he said.
In 2015, millions of people were newly displaced, adding again to the global refugee and internal displacement totals. Overwhelmingly, it was countries of the developing world that were most affected, but Europe too witnessed dramatic scenes, as hundreds of thousands of people crossed the Mediterranean in search of safety and refuge. Thousands died along the way, according to the agency chief. Read more
Source: The Malay Mail Online
JUNE 20 — The Malaysian Bar acknowledges the indomitable spirit and courage of all refugees on World Refugee Day 2015.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) in Malaysia reported that as at July 2014 there were 47,352 asylum seekers (pending cases), 98,207 refugees, 40,000 stateless persons, and 80,000 individuals who do not fall into any of these other categories, residing in Malaysia. This brings the population of concern to a staggering total of 265,559.
Unlike economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia are often victims of various forms of persecution, oppression and deprivation. They are subjected to harassment, extortion, physical abuse or assault and ill treatment. These persons live in an environment of fear, and insecurity. Read more