Malaysia deported 1,086 illegal immigrants to Myanmar amid turmoil, although a court ordered this to be suspended.
The group of illegal immigrants today departed from a Malaysian military base and returned to Myanmar on three naval ships, while officials have not explained why they ignored the Kuala Lumpur court ruling.
The group includes vulnerable asylum seekers, activists said. However, Malaysian immigration agency leader Khairul Dzaimee Daud made sure that no one from the Muslim minority Rohingya, or asylum seekers, was deported by the agency. “They all agreed to return according to their own free will, not to be forced,” he said.
Hours before they were deported, a Kuala Lumpur court ordered the immigration authority to suspend the plan to review the complaint. Activists say Malaysia’s deportation of vulnerable people is a violation of international obligations.
In addition, they argued that bringing back illegal immigrants back to Myanmar in the midst of the military power would increase the danger. The US and the United Nations had previously criticized the plan, while Amnesty International called the repatriation of Myanmar immigrants despite the court ruling “inhumane and cruel”.
Malaysian officials stressed that deportees committed crimes such as visa overdue, and this activity is part of a regular repatriation program. Malaysia, where millions of migrants work in low-wage jobs like construction, last year deported about 37,000 foreigners.
In practice, human rights groups rarely present a legal challenge to deportation. However, they are now concerned about the situation in Myanmar, where the military staged a coup on February 1 and arrested State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi and elected government leaders.
Myanmar’s military declared their actions not a coup, because allegations of election fraud in November 2020 were not resolved by the government and pledged to give power to the winning party after the election. newly organized. However, the wave of protests in support of Suu Kyi in Myanmar still takes place across the country, when people feel insecure about the military government.
Luster (Follow AFP)