Malaysia: calls to end mass detention of refugees


Rights groups in Malaysia are calling for the release of thousands of detained refugees and asylum-seekers, after a deadly incident in the northern state of Penang April 20. Six Rohingya refugees were reportedly struck by vehicles and killed when hundreds fled a detention center after breaking through barriers and attempted to escape across an adjacent highway. “There is no discernible reason as to why so many of them were cramped into a makeshift depot in the first place,” stated advocacy group Lawyers for Liberty. Malaysia has long been a destination for Rohingya fleeing persecution in Myanmar, but the government has cracked down on asylum-seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

From The New Humanitarian, April 22

See our last report on the Rohingya genocide.

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