The immigration chief did not mention the court order in the statement. It is also not stated why 1086 migrants were sent instead of 1200 migrants.
Myanmar Migrants (AFP)
Immigration Officials of Malaysia said on Tuesday that they had repatriated 1086 immigrants from Myanmar. However, on the appeal of two Human Rights Organizations, a court directed to stop the process of sending migrants. Before the migrants were deported, the process of deporting 1200 Myanmar migrants from Amnesty International Malaysia and Asylum Access Malaysia was stayed by a High Court on Tuesday.
Human rights groups claim that many of the migrants were willing and minor for asylum. Immigration chief Khairul Daimi Dawood said in a statement that 1086 expatriates voluntarily agreed to return from three Myanmar Navy ships. He said that all the expatriates were citizens of Myanmar and none of them were Rohingya refugees.
Questions left incomplete in the statement
The statement did not mention the court order. It was also not told why 1086 migrants were sent instead of 1200 migrants. Amnesty International described the decision as ‘inhuman and tragic’.
The institution said in a statement that it appears that the intention was to send the migrants without properly reviewing the decision. This decision will threaten the lives of thousands of people and their families and will prove to be a blot on Malaysia’s human rights record.
MPs requested to stop migrants
Amnesty requested the government to grant the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) access to all 1200 migrants and those housed in detention centers. The immigration department had earlier said that the migrants did not have valid travel documents and were living without visas.
Let us know that a group of 27 Malaysian MPs also sent a letter to Prime Minister Muhiddin Yasin on Sunday, requesting to stop the process of sending migrants.
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