Malaysia: Stop the Repatriation of the Sri Lankan Refugees Now

Former President of National Students Federation

Former President of National Students Federation








KNOWLEDGE                                 STRUGGLE                            VICTORY 

I am writing to express my outrage and strongest condemnation over Malaysian government’s reported treatment of Sri Lankan refugees in Malaysia.

I am appalled by Malaysian government and the Immigration Departmen’s latest action to allow the Sri Lankan Embassy to access Sri Lankan refugees who are detained at your detention centres. This is an outright violation of the right to seek asylum as enshrined under Article 14 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This is also an outright violation of the international customary law of non-refoulement, which prohibits the return of people to places where they may face persecution or threats to their life or freedoms

I demand that the 108 Sri Lankan refugees detained at Pekan Nanas Immigration Detention Centre are released immediately into the custody of UNHCR, and that the UNHCR is given immediate and free access to register the remaining 14 asylum seekers detained at Simpang Renggam.

I also demand that the Malaysian Government take measures protect the rights of refugees and asylum seekers who are currently in Malaysia and fully respect the principle of non-refoulement, as recommended by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC), two UN Conventions of which Malaysia is party to.

I strongly urge Malaysian Government, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia and to ratify 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol.

I strogly urge Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Mr. Shah Mahmodd Qureshi to register a visible protest against Malaysian Government and do needful to secure law and bring justice to Srilankan Refugees.

Karl Marx
From each according to his abilities, to each according to his needs.
Karl Marx

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