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Malaysia deports Myanmar Nationals, refuses Court’s order to stay put

Malaysia on Wednesday has deported 1,086 Nationals from Myanmar back to the Country in three Naval vessels from the Myanmar Navy.

World News: Malaysia on Wednesday has deported 1,086 Nationals from Myanmar back to the Country in three Naval vessels from the Myanmar Navy. The move was condemned by the people as the government moved on to deport despite the court’s order to stay put on the deportation.

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Malaysia deports Myanmar Nationals, refuses Court’s order to stay put -Image Source: Reuters

The court issued the order to stay put after Amnesty International asked for a Judicial Review on the decision to deport the Myanmar Nationals.

The Malaysian immigration Chief Kairul Dzaimee Daud, stated that these deported Myanmar Nationals did not belong to the persecuted Rohingya community who were severely in danger being in Myanmar. “All of those who have been deported agreed to return of their own free will, without being forced,” he added,

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Later, it was also noticed that the number had dropped from 1,200 to 1,086. No response was given on the drop in numbers. Rights groups in Malaysia say that sending these Nationals back to Myanmar could be trouble for these people as the Tatmadaw (Myanmar Army) has come back to power after a coup.

As Malaysia is not a signatory of the UN Convention of Refugees, it also can become a problem that these deportees can be classified as “undocumented” at Malaysian ports of entry. Once classified as undocumented, these foreigners might be detained and kept in detention centres until deportation.

Activists and UN Refugee agencies officials were even denied access to inspect these detention centres in Malaysia. This might cause trouble classifying the detainees whether they are economic immigrants or asylum seekers and refugees seeking protection from persecution. Malaysian Officials came up with reasons why they are deporting these people.

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The World leaders have strongly condemned the abrupt transition of power to the military in a coup in Myanmar. Many Nations responded by pulling back their envoys and ambassadors, limiting diplomatic relations and by slapping economic sanctions as well at Myanmar. Malaysia too expressed “serious concern” at the current situation in Myanmar.

By deporting these Myanmar Nationals at this situation, Malaysia had drawn much condemnations to itself.