Tag Archives: Malaysia

Malaysia: Refugee Artists Pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in Fear of Xenophobic Backlash

Artists from refugee communities have decided to pull out of Refugee Fest 2020 in light of heightened xenophobia, said to have spurred out of the Malaysian government’s pushback of Rohingya boats in fear of them bringing COVID-19. The authorities have also … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Prime Minister Insists Malaysia cannot Take Anymore Refugees Amid Rising Pressure on ASEAN to Respond to the ‘Rohingya Crisis’

During the 36th ASEAN Summit, held virtually on the 26th June due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister of Malaysia Tan Sri Muhyidden Yassin stated that Malaysia can no longer take in Rohingya refugees from Myanmar in light of their … Continue reading

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Myanmar: 23 COVID-19 Cases in Migrants Deported from Thailand

Myanmar has reported 23 cases of COVID-19, the most officially reported in a single day in the country, amongst a group of migrants held in quarantine after being deported from Thailand. The 23 migrants had been detained in Thailand’s detention … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Malaysian Government Plans to Send the Detained Rohingya Refugees Back to Sea

The Malaysian government are planning to send out a boat full of the 269 Rohingya refugees who had arrived on their coast at the beginning of the month and are currently being detained. Following Malaysia’s policies to no longer accept refugees … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Six Cases of Suicide Amongst Undocumented Migrants

Six undocumented migrants from Myanmar have been reported to have committed suicide over the past month in Malaysia. Due to the lockdowns, the migrants had all faced  increased financial hardships.  Many had lost their jobs or were unable to find jobs … Continue reading

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Malaysia: 269 Rohingya Refugees Seeking Entry Detained

Malaysian authorities have detained 269 Rohingya refugees seeking entry on a damaged boat off the island of Langkawi. The body of a female migrant was also retrieved.  A coastguard vessel first spotted the suspected migrant boat off the island, preparing to push … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Health D-G Dr Noor Hisham calls for concerted action on Covid-19 at immigration detention centres in Malaysia, warns against discrimination of foreigners

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Immediate medical attention and decontamination are needed at immigration detention centres where Covid-19 has emerged, said health director-general (D-G) Datuk Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah while stressing that foreigners should not be discriminated against in terms … Continue reading

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Malaysia: More coronavirus cases at migrant detention centre

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia reported 35 new coronavirus cases at an immigration detention centre on Thursday, after authorities rounded up undocumented migrants this month in areas under lockdown. The United Nations has called on Malaysia to stop the crackdown, … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Mass Arrests of Refugees

Raids and mass arrests of refugees and undocumented migrant workers as part of an anti-Covid-19 campaign despite Malaysia’s previous announcement reassuring they wouldn’t be arrested. Those arrested include young children and Rohingya refugees. Source: Global Detention Project

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Malaysia: Movement Control Order- How are Refugees Coping?: Interview with Lilianne Fan

Key impacts of the MCO include the loss of livelihoods, which has threatened basic food security and left many unable to pay rent and thus at risk of evictions. Lilianne Fan additionally highlights that despite free testing for all foreigners, … Continue reading

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