Posted by: becketfund | March 22, 2008

Malaysia: Stateless Rohingya Refugees Mistreated

AMPANG – Hundreds of Burmese migrants, including 200 Rohingya Muslims, were rounded up in Malaysia by RELA, a civil volunteer corps created by the Malaysian government, the Irrawaddy reported on March 22. Though the Rohingya Muslims are recognized as refugees by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, RELA volunteers dismissed their UNHCR cards. Rohingya Muslims have encountered discrimination and mistreatment in their native Burma since the junta took power in 1978, and the majority have been denied Burmese citizenship. Bangkit.net, a site maintained by Malaysian NGOs, contains some of the details of the locations of the raids and their severity, while Amnesty International has a detailed report of the hardships that Rohingya Muslims have encountered in Burma.

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