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LEPTOSPIROSIS CAUSES DEATH OF ANOTHER 6 BURMESE IN DETENTION IN MALAYSIA


Immediate Release:  Joint Statement – 25/9/2009

DENIAL OF HEALTHCARE IS A VIOLATION OF RIGHT TO LIFE

We are shocked and disappointed to hear that another six Burmese migrants have died while in detention in Malaysia because of a suspected waterborne disease. Leptospirosis is caused by exposure to water contaminated by animal urine, like rat urine. (Straits Times, 25/9/2009, Migrants die in detention/ Associated Press, 24/9/2009).

From our investigation, the names of 3 of those who have died are So Thein [Prison Body number 0853, Block B1, Ethnicity: Burman, Age: 36], Min  Khaing [Body number 5009, Ethnicity: Karen, Age: 23] and Min Nown [Ethnicity: Arkan, Age: 28]. The other 3 are of Chin ethnicity. It seems that the deaths happened in August.

This time the deaths seem to have occurred at the Detention Centre at the KL International Airport (KLIA) depot. The Straits Times report states that an official had informed them that ‘…the detainees likely contracted the disease in another centre. They were transferred together with some 700 others after a riot there…’. In an earlier report (Star, 24/7/2009), it was stated that ‘…some 700 Myanmar illegal immigrants involved in a ruckus at the Semenyih immigration depot early this month have been moved to the department’s KL International Airport (KLIA) depot…’

It must be noted that this is not the first case of death by reason of Leptospirosis. Sa La Hin, 26, and Thang Hoih Ping, 21, two Burmese migrants, died in the Malaysia ’s Juru Immigration Detention Centre from Leptospirosis in May 2009. 127 civil society groups and organizations responded vide a joint statement entitled ‘Death Of 2 Burmese Indicative Of State Of Detention Places In Malaysia – Denial Of Healthcare Is A Violation Of Right To Life’.

Complaints were also lodged with the Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM), Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak,, Minister of Home Affairs Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, and the  Minister of Health Dato’ Sri Liow Tiong Lai,

After that Leptospirosis outbreak in the Juru Detention Centre in Penang in May, the Immigration Director-General Abdul Rahman assured us that the cleanliness and hygiene at immigration depots nationwide will be stepped-up to ensure safety of staff and inmates there against contracting infectious diseases (Bernama, 19/5/2009).

SUHAKAM also vide letter dated 16/7/2009 had informed us that they had met with the Director General of Immigration on 4/6/2009, and amongst others, had recommended that ‘… as a measure to control contagious diseases to ensure that all immigration detention centres should have a doctor or medical officer in line with international requirements, and that cleanliness of detention centres should be taken care of.’

It must also be borne in mind that last year SUHAKAM identified medical care as an overriding reason why 1,300 detainees have died over the past six years, and had made recommendations to the government. At present the 22 centres throughout Malaysia do not have a permanent clinical dispensary manned by doctors or a medical assistant to help detainees. (ABC News, 28/5/2009)

In May 2009, it was reported that about 26 were admitted to hospital following a Leptospirosis outbreak in the Juru Detention Centre, and they survived, and this leads us to believe that prompt access to healthcare can avoid death. It is shocking that in this recent case, 6 have died. What is more disturbing is that there seem to have been no reported disclosure by the Malaysian authorities on this. We still do not know the number of detainees that have been affected this time.

This is a disease caused by exposure to water contaminated with the urine of infected animals, and is very rarely propagated through contact with affected persons. Question must be raised as to how detainees in an enclosed detention centre are contracting this disease. Are they being affected through the food and water supplied by the detention centres? Are the detention centres having a rat infestation problem?

After the recent deaths and outbreak in the Juru Detention Centre, one would have expected the Malaysian government to have taken immediate steps to ensure that there are no more cases of Leptospirosis outbreak and deaths. We wonder also whether the authorities took a lackadaisical attitude, and did not even conduct a thorough investigation to determine the source of the contamination that caused that outbreak. Results of such investigations will not only determine liability, but would also ensure that further deaths from Leptospirosis could be avoided.

We, the undersigned, call on the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) to immediately commence a public inquiry into these deaths and detention places generally, and come up with concrete recommendations which could be implemented that will improve state of cleanliness, hygiene and healthcare of all detention places in Malaysia. It was sad that SUHAKAM decided not to carry out a public inquiry after the Juru deaths in May.

We are also call upon the Ministry of Health and the government of Malaysia to conduct a thorough investigation into the cause of this Leptospirosis outbreak, which is reported to have already resulted in 6 deaths.

We also call for the resignation of Immigration Director-General Abdul Rahman, considering that this is second reported case of deaths by reason of Leptospirosis at Immigration Detention Centres within the last 4 months.

The Malaysian government must take necessary action to ensure that proper steps be taken so that such disregard for life does not happen again.

With regard to those who have died, their family and/or dependents should be given adequate compensation by the persons responsible, the detaining authority and the Malaysian government.

Officers and persons responsible for the acts or omissions that resulted in death and suffering should be charged and prosecuted for these crimes. They should not be permitted to hide behind safeguards provided to public servants, which unfortunately only promotes culture of impunity with no sense of responsibility and respect for human life.

 

Charles Hector

Pranom Somwong

Tun Tun

For and on behalf of the 21 organizations/groups listed below:-

Asian Migrant Centre (AMC)

Burma Campaign , Malaysia

Clean Clothes Campaign -International Secretariat

Khmer Kampuchea Krom Human Rights Organization ( Cambodia )

Legal Support for Children and Women (LSCW) Cambodia

MADPET (Malaysians against Death Penalty and Torture)

MAP Foundation , Thailand

Mekong Migration Network (MMN)

Mekong Ecumenical Partnership Program-MEPP

Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA)

National League for Democracy [NLD (LA)], Malaysia

Network of Action for Migrants in Malaysia (NAMM)

Nepal Institute of Development Studies (NIDS) Nepal

Parti Rakyat Malaysia (PRM)

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor

Persatuan Masyarakat Malaysia & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)

Pusat Komas

The Shan Refugee Organization (SRO) Malaysia

Thai Action Committees for democracy in Burma (TACDB)

The Action Network for Migrants (ANM) Thailand

Workers Hub for Change (WH4C)
For further information, please contact Charles Hector (chef@tm.net.my) or Pranom Somwong (Bee) (p_somwong@yahoo.com) at 019-2371 300, or  Tun Tun at 016-2980784

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China Tells Burmese Junta to Protect Chinese Residents


Irrawaddy news, Sept 26, 2009

BEIJING — China has urged Burma to take better care of Chinese citizens living in a border region where clashes between an ethnic militia and government troops flared last month, the Foreign Ministry said in a rare display of displeasure with the military junta.

China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday that the recent conflict in Kokang, a region in northeastern Burma bordering China, “harmed the rights and interests of Chinese citizens living there,” and it urged Burma to make sure such incidents don’t happen again.

Several days of clashes sent more than 30,000 refugees fleeing into China and prompted an unusual request from China that Burma calm the situation. Burma’s junta said the fighting killed 26 government soldiers and at least eight rebels, but it was impossible to verify that report.

A Foreign Ministry official lodged a formal complaint with the Burmese Embassy on Monday and called on the government to investigate the incident and punish anyone found to have broken the law, the statement on the ministry’s Web site said.

Burma is largely estranged from the West, but China has maintained close economic and diplomatic ties with the junta that have ensured access to the country’s vast mineral wealth. Large numbers of Chinese have migrated to Burma for business, and major state companies are big investors in Burma’s oil and gas industries.

Burma’s border regions have for decades been the scene of fighting between ethnic armies and the military that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people.

Resettlement—the Black Market


Irrawaddy news, 17th Sept 2009

MAE SOT — Since 2005, when resettlement began, a network of brokers has evolved to assist individuals from Burma who wish to enter the refugee camps and resettle in a third country.

The black market business has helped many to escape Burma— but not always the people who fit the criteria and need resettlement the most.

Residents at the three main camps around Mae Sot, who are waiting for resettlement, blame the influx of “fake applicants” for the long delays they endure. Many claim that the “pseudo-refugees” leave the camps first, deferring the resettlement of real applicants.

Thousands of Burmese refugees follow the American Dream. (Illustration: Harn Lay / The Irrawaddy)

“I see many fake refugees coming into the camp. They pay the brokers and the camp authorities. Then they get resettled first,” said Bo Bo, a resident at Nu Po camp.

He explained how he came to the camp in a large group from Mon State where their land was stolen by Burmese government forces. As farmers, they had been stripped of their entire livelihood. So, with nothing left, they fled to the border.

“We have to wait longer because the brokers help the fake refugees into the camp and they leave first. It’s not fair on us, We remain in the camp with nothing while they continue to run their businesses, often returning to Myawaddy and Rangoon,” he said.

Bo Bo claimed that many fake applicants entered Nu Po camp last year and that 27 had already arrived this month [September]. He explained that two brokers are working in conjunction with the palat (camp coordinator) to get people into the camp and sent quickly to a third country.

It has been alleged that the camp authorities are working in cahoots with the brokers and have become immersed in the corruption and fraud that has sprung up around the resettlement process. Residents claim that brokers pay the palat for their clients’ entrance to the camp, allowing people with no valid refugee claim to enter.

As a result of the black market which unscrupulous Burmese brokers have developed, money has become so important in the camps that new arrivals find it very difficult to settle into their new lives as refugees in Thailand.

“We can’t get into the camp because we have no documents and we were just released from prison,” said Ko Than, a recent arrival in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border.

Having just finished a 20-year sentence for his part in the 1988 protests, and deciding he had no future in Burma, Ko Than came to Thailand to apply for a new life in a third country where he could make up for the time he lost while in prison.

For ex- political prisoners like Ko Than, coming to Thailand with their families and getting safely to the refugee camps is difficult. If they go by taxi they run the risk of being arrested by the Thai police and either sent back to Burma or paying heavy bribes.

In contrast, the bogus refugees, who have traveled to Thailand without a solid refugee claim, have time to prepare for their trip well in advance and save up the necessary amount of cash. Once in the camp, their money will buy them influence and ultimately a better life than the real asylum seekers—and that creates tension and grievances in the camps.

“I do believe that refugees have the right to make money and better their lives, but it’s not fair that opportunists are allowed to buy their way into the camp and take the good homes and rations— more than the democracy activists who have given up everything,” said Kyaw Gyi, a resident of Mae La camp and former political prisoner.

However, not only are “real” refugees losing out as a result of the broker networks, but also the brokers’ customers—the bogus refugees—who often end up stranded in the camps. Many use their life savings to flee the economic woes of Burma, having been promised an easy trip to the West.

Once in Thailand though, it’s often a different story— they’re left in the camp while the brokers flee. With no realistic case for asylum—or any money to get back to Burma—many are left powerless and afraid.

Those who do complain find themselves in trouble and sometimes are evicted from the camp by the camp authorities. 

In some cases, the brokers don’t just cause delays in the resettlement of refugees, they steal their chances of it.

Myat Thu, a former All Burma Students Democratic Front (ABSDF) member based in Mae Sot, told The Irrawaddy how friends of his had been accepted to go to the United States but were told at the last minute that they couldn’t go.

“When it came around to leaving, they met with officials who told them people registered with their names had already been resettled in a third country,” he said. “When they tried to prove who they were, the administrators just shrugged and said, ‘That’s the black market.’” 

The issue of identity theft has been accepted by resettlement agencies, but people continue to speculate who and what has allowed this problem to occur.

“Substitution is a major problem,” explained a former UNHCR worker who wished to remain anonymous. “No one is sure who is behind it, but it’s very possible that some UNHCR staff members are involved—they have power in the camps and oversee what goes on.

“It’s hard to tackle because everyone is too scared to complain. People in the camps don’t know if they are complaining to the actual people who are involved in the corruption and are worried that everyone will find out,” she said.

“It needs to be stopped though. Every time it occurs they are robbing the real refugees of their chance to resettle,” she added.

The refugee and migrant worker communities in and around Mae Sot have long accused UNHCR staff of being involved in the broker network. There’s no evidence to prove it, but many say they know people who have paid staff to arrange resettlement.

“If you have money the process is a lot easier,” said Ko Myo Thein, a former political prisoner and resident at Umpiem camp. “You can use a broker who will hand money over to staff at the UNHCR, whether you are a real refugee or not. Then your application will be accepted and you will be sent over to America.”

Speaking to The Irrawaddy on Thursday, Kitty McKinsey, the UNHCR senior regional public information officer in Bangkok, said the agency takes the allegations very seriously. “We have a zero tolerance policy on fraud and misbehavior of any of our staff,” she said.

Despite the problems, the resettlement process on the Thai-Burmese border continues to be one of the most successful in the world.

As one NGO worker put it: “The work which has been done here is unprecedented. People are being resettled extremely quickly. There are around 40,000 who have already been resettled in third countries where they are enjoying fundamental rights and freedom from confinement in the camps.”

However, there are still activists, former political prisoners and victims of conflict, languishing in the refugee camps feeling that they have lost out to bogus refugees.

Ko Myo Thein expressed this frustration, saying: “The real refugees remain in the camps, while fake refugees rob them of the happy new lives they deserve. The broker network is to blame for this.”

Arakan Youths Arrested


Irrawaddy news, Sept 23, 2009

Sixteen ethnic Arakan youths in Rangoon and Arakan State’s capital, Sittwe, were arrested by Burmese authorities recently, according to sources in Bangladesh.

Khaing Mrat Kyaw, an editor at the Dhaka-based Narinjara News agency, said the 16 youths were arrested at different locations. Seven were arrested in Rangoon, and others were arrested in Sittwe, the capital of Arakan State.

“Special police from Rangoon came to Sittwe to arrest the youths,” he said.

The Burmese authorities have reportedly accused them of links to an exiled Arakan political movement, the All Arakan Students’ and Youths’ Congress (AASYC), which is based in Mae Sot on the Thai-Burmese border, sources said.

The Irrawaddy on Wednesday contacted the AASYC but the organization refused to comment on the arrests.

Aye Thar Aung, Rangoon-based Arakanese politician who is the secretary of the Committee Representing the People’s Parliament, said, “By arresting young people, the junta is suppressing their potential for growth. The military authority sometime accuses them of involvement in bombs or illegal activities without evidence. I am worried about the fairness in those cases.”

The arrests followed the junta’s amnesty of 7,114 prisoners this week, including 128 political prisoners.

About a dozen democracy activists were also arrested recently in Mandalay Division. Many observers believe the continued arrest of activists is an attempt to discourage demonstrations on the second anniversary of the Saffron Revolution in September.

Eight Democracy Activists Arrested


Irrawaddy news, Sept 17, 2009

Eight democracy activists including one Buddhist monk in Myingyan Township in Mandalay were detained by Burmese military authorities on Wednesday, according to local sources. 

A friend of a detainee said that the authorities appeared at the homes of those arrested about 3 am and took them into custody.

The source said Myo Han, Wint Thu, Hla Myo Kyaw, Aung Myo Lat, Soe Ya Zar Phyo, Kyi Soe, one unidentified civilian and one unidentified monk were arrested.

The mother of Wint Thu said, “They came and searched our home about 2:30 am. My son wasn’t here, but later I heard he had been arrested.”

The detainees were taken to Mandalay, sources said. Sources believe the authorities made the arrests in an effort to disrupt planned demonstrations.

Special Police have been mobilized at various Myingyan monasteries and at youth gatherings in the township in recent days, sources said.

Burmese authorities have also increased security in Mandalay and Rangoon, and several other cities, as the Saffron Revolution’s two-year anniversary nears in September. Security forces have been deployed at strategic road locations and near monasteries and pagodas.

Last week in Pokokku, a journalist and two unidentified civilians were detained by the authorities while they attempted to interview monks in a monastery. Pokokku was a center of monk-led demonstrations in 2007.

The regime continues to regard monks with suspicion, and they have been restricted from traveling abroad and inside Burma without special permission.

Meanwhile, the Thailand-based Assistance Association for Political Prisoners-Burma (AAPP) reported that one monk from Rangoon and three from Magway Division were arrested in August.

According to the AAPP, of Burma’s 2,211 political prisoners, 237 are monks. According to official data, there are more than 400,000 monks in Burma. The monastic community has always played an important role in social and political affairs, often in opposition to oppressive regimes.

Ashin Gambira, one of the prominent Buddhist monk leaders of the 2007 demonstrations, is currently serving a 63-year prison sentence in Kalay Prison, located in a remote area of Sagaing Division.

Bo Kyi, the AAPP joint-secretary, said an estimated 100 political prisoners are in poor health and receive inadequate medical treatment.

US Should Conclude Burma Policy Review: HRW


Irrawaddy news, 10th Sept 2009,

The United States should immediately conclude its Burma policy review and take initiatives to make its policies on diplomacy, sanctions and humanitarian assistance more successful, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a letter sent on Thursday to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. 

“Delays in announcing a new Burma policy could encourage Burmese military leaders to believe the US is weakening its commitment to human rights and pluralism,” said Brad Adams, the Asia director of New York-based HRW. 

“Although the situation in Burma seems intractable, an energetic and revitalized approach to Burma from the Obama administration could help bring positive change,” Adams said.  

HRW also urged the US government to lead the European Union, Switzerland, Australia, and Canada in a coordinated attempt to target key individuals such as Burmese generals, businessmen and civilians who are accountable for human rights abuses, and their business interests.

“The US has legal tools it is not yet using—for example, to deny foreign banks access to the US financial system if they are holding targeted Burmese accounts or otherwise undermining US measures, and going after transactions by the oil and gas authority, the key revenue-generating entity in Burma,” said Adams.

HRW said generalized sanctions on Burma that have had little or no impact and have not targeted policy-makers and human rights violators should be reconsidered and phased out at an appropriate time, said HRW.

Financial sanctions on individuals and entities, investment and trade sanctions, arms embargoes, restrictions on military assistance, and travel bans on individuals, should be tightened, HRW said.

In August, Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs P J Crowley said at a State Department news conference: “We have an interest in seeing Burma stabilize. We have an interest in seeing Burma end its isolation.  How we do that is a subject of review.”

HRW also said the US should appoint its own special envoy on Burma, who would have a direct line to the secretary of state and specific instructions to engage in a principled way with the Burmese regime and key bilateral and multilateral actors.

Vigorous diplomacy is also specifically needed with China, India, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan, according to HRW.

How Rohingyas Headed To Where And Why?


Press statement…………….

Rohingyas are ethnic minority of Burma’s Arakan state. They are the worst victims of human rights violations. All these kind of human rights abuses are well documented and that is a matter of international concern. Generally, their existing matters are replaced in every power transition periods, no matter who rule the country, is a root cause. And Junta cares nothing about international sanctions, engagements and diplomatic approaches.

Some may think that most of Rohingyas headed to Malaysia for better life or economic opportunity. Indeed, the Rohingyas are continuously leaving the country to escape persecution and most of their numbers are being hosted in Saudi Arabia, U.A.E, Pakistan and India while major flows remain in Bangladesh. In order to isolate from humanitarian assistances, those 4% individuals and boat people are headed to Thailand and Malaysia, were wrongfully accused of searching better life, economic reasons. ASEAN regions and its related bodies are maintaining with unfamiliar render and assistances.

If the accusation is brought to true appearance, why they did not develop economic opportunity in these host countries?  Meaning while, they are under way to marginalization with fabricated accusations. Otherwise, their genuine criteria might be recognized like others as the flows do not identify their status.

Bangladesh alone has much experience in its long-time hosting since British Empire. Sometimes, Bangladesh allows them to abroad under its identity in order to gain alternative obligation. The country also accepted the deportee Rohingyas from K.S.A and India as well. Currently, Bangladesh is put in lonely handling a numbers of 200,000 refugees whilst UNHCR’s basic assistances are given to some 28,000 refugees in refugee camps. Some of them say that the camp situation under British Empire and now is a quite different. In early, UNHCR maintained its informal sharing to unfamiliar resettlement countries and quote to 9/11 marks in the late. These kind of illogical responses are pushing them to become as regional problems.

The flows and informal facts made to beefing up prevention along the borders of Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Saudi Arabia. Finally, Bangladesh has come to agree repatriation of Rohingya refugees under bilateral agreement which only regards to remove hosting refugees from its country. Beside, thousands are putting in detention custodies for decades which may bring an exemplary upon Burmese people.

The refugees who had experiences with human rights abuses and fear of such repatriation again and again and overcrowding situation in country of first asylum, made them to head to Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Australia. As per a comprehensive study, most of the Rohingyas who came directly from Arakan made their travels by themselves and who made their journey from a crossed Bangladesh were by the other directions as they are not close to do such sources in Bangladesh. But, their unexpected fate ended in Thai-waters. Of them, some lucky reached to Malaysia and Indonesia and unlucky groups also reached into India-waters and Burma-waters, after meeting with natural disaster. Unfortunately, who caught by Burmese authority were punished to unknown. This certain facts almost revealed conversely against the allegation of such arrivals were brought by agents. In such vulnerable condition, they received similar treatments and assistances against their plight.

Although non-refoulement rule is insisted, fear of uncertain and informal responses like deportation to where origin of persecution or handing over to uncertain authorities, made them searches a safe region, whilst concern quarter respects the laws of the host country rather than its procedures. Rohingya refugees who came from Bangladesh and Thailand said they are more close to fall into repatriation to Burma if they would be remained there. If host countries are close to tackle the issues, no meaning of allowing refugees actor in the region would bring stable. It is also true that if concern actor would tackle the issues in equal term, the issues will not be flooded in the region.

The settlement of non-Rohingya refugees to 3rd countries had been questioned nothing about their choice, arrival, belief, tradition or culture. Beside Rohingya refugees were also utilized by pushing each other for the achievement of ‘global ‘ or ‘international attentions’, concern partners are trying to solve their survival by engaging into work sector by ignoring their existing matters. These could lead them to be alone at modern-day slavery.

Rohingyas who are not recognized by Burmese rulers are being asked questions when their plight is under way to continue exploitation. Some other believed that the agency could treat them equally and may tackle the issue in the future after settlement of the matter with neighbors as a beginning step. Boat people refugees who landed in Indonesia and Thailand were not yet registered with their agency UNHCR while the agency resettled non-Rohingya refugees in short period, shown clear separation.

Their frustration and access unlike others, upgrade that a few numbers are finally succeeded in finding safe territory through a secondary migration to Australia from Indo-waters. But, about hundred who went from Malaysia in every year were ended in Indonesia by authority. Some are still under way expectation to Australia.

Gaining certain solution is not as we need or they need, but according to constituted international standard Refugees Conventions, is rational and fundamental. Including confidential approaches, accessions in equal term should be practiced.

Mention therefore propose that in placing with proposal which engineered by refugees concern bodies and informal engagements to solve survival only, might be removed immediately.

 

A short Inquest

This is the outstanding report of a short rational inquest to state the inquest about Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. There are 15,000 registered and 5,000 data collected Rohingya refugees in Malaysia. Overall estimated about 20,000 Rohingya refugees where UNHCR claims about 45,000 Rohingya refugees with a view to a large group and threat for the region, while complex flows remained in refugees’ determination. Typically, some think to back home, some try to enter into eco-opportunity, some dream to stay in Malaysia and major group are hopping equal rights in UNHCR process and jump at everywhere. Base on these types, the various leaders and groups are founded. These occasions are also found in countries of where Rohingyas hosting.

Some groups named to lead some Rohingyas against their plight which could move into loneliness and separatism later. On certain occasion of their isolation in UNHCR, Resettlement Countries, International communities and lack of advocacy, each of group thinking that their leading is true, due to they feel upset for they did not meet any practice solution. These facts make criticizing over their isolation in such quarters including exploitation and utilizing in various purposes.

In light of insisted decades based human rights and its instruments are insisted, equal exercises, roles and determination of their status must be applied and their rights like others should not be deprived by various means. And guiding them on the right path of humanism would be international standard and solved permanently.

Alternatively, concern quarters let their communities themselves to find their opportunities, obligations and rights and then deferring years after years. And some others point out the community’s no effective leading. Indeed, that is not necessary in procedure of the process. Ironically, they are being utilized to materialize ‘Global Strategic” and unworkable ‘Regional Dimension’. If they are pointed as weak, what about the whole Burma and the role of United Nations?

The vibrant analysis found that the whole movement and recognition of non-Rohingya refugee population in Thailand and Malaysia is being different from Rohingya refugees population in Bangladesh and Malaysia. Move over, recognition of 8 months old recent arrival Rohingya boat people refugees is nothing, is attested of reluctant by their concern custody. If it needed time for long process, how about non-Rohingyas are resettled within less than 9 months duration? Who make them to continue as unforgotten Rohingyas? But, the role is cleared and not as you or someone’s will. If they have their own choice, they claim what? If they have not such right, they might be met what?

An activist from Kuala Lumpur-based Burma Workers’ Rights Protection Committee (BWRPC) discussed that in most cases, some were resettled through UNHCR’s utmost help for simulated purposes in a corner. Why not apply for qualified refugees and refugee activists? In detail; a legal Burmese migrant, who married two local women, had been resettled to Washington DC, USA in June 2009. During his mis-presentation relating to migrant issues, his survival earned from collection of funds by showing disability and accident files. Who received UNHCR’s registration letter in early 2008. However, how he accessed in resettlement process and his ill-moral qualified in DHS interview, and how UNHCR cleared two to one wife, are yet to be truly investigated. If there was no link of bribery, how he resettled recently? His short artificial contribution about legal migrant issues in a competition show made by Migration Working Groups (MWG), on 21/03/09, is not related to protection of refugees concern.

Let we come to know about what can we communities do for some activists who are dismissed by their quarters and facing threatening and endangering their lives security as well. Where are their fields? They work for whom? Inspector General’s Office for UNHCR must investigate these facts and necessary changing of its structure and resistants must be in placed.

Rohingya refugees who are languishing in hosting countries are hopping appropriate assistances from UNHCR and Resettlement Countries and advocacy from international communities.

Mention to be encouraged with the commitment of undertaking professional way should insist ability persons who can be motivated in immediate contribution in humanitarian fields, which could well prepare their long standing problems.

At the same time, an alternative approach would be proposed to resettled Rohingyas to step to extend their assistances through corporation with resettlement countries in common and international communities in general. As, the person’s contribution in various part is meaningless unless the person who did not contribute in the context for the well being of own community.

Thankfully,

This statement was sent by a refugee activist, Mr.Habib, who work for Rohingya community in Malaysia and Burmese opposition groups

Note: fraud person’s detail info, available at thesailnews@yahoo.com

Kartika Issue Could Make Regret or Lesson for Malaysians!


Reported by James,

In recent week, a Malaysian part time model Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno, descendent of Tengku Mentri Ngah Ibrahim, was put on the van to be sent to the jail and to receive her punishment. Later hard that she would be faced caned, but after the fasting month.

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno pauses during an interview at her father's house in Sungei Siput, about 300km (Photo: Reuters)

Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno pauses during an interview at her father's house in Sungei Siput, about 300km (Photo: Reuters)

As the first woman in Muslim society, to cane or not to cane she has become the focus of public attention. But, some high ranking officials quiet for it will be the country’s history to be caned for drinking. It will shock for Malaysia and Muslims world as well.

She was subsequently brought to a Syariah Court for she was caught drinking by the religious officials during her vacation in Cherating, two years ago. If it was met, she would be faced fined RM 5,000 plus six strokes of rotan.

However, to cane or not to cane is an issue between the perpetrator and God, therefore, such commitment should be served with kind advice instead of physical punishment.

Some other belief that the Judge’s role over her case may make regret or lesson for Malysian Muslims. Indeed, it would not lead to a lesson or regret in modern society as every authority know and all Malaysians must remember that the country is practiced Malaysian Laws rather than Islamic Laws. But, most quarters misuse the Islamic terms and norms but it is a quite different from Malaysian Laws.

This fact may point that no court or judge has right to punish upon her course in social contribution. The practice may not be violated Malaysian Laws in general and UNDHR-Art-22 as well.

Develop nation may enjoy its every part of its people’s right to enjoy for social purpose will be practiced. In term of an exemplary for the nation may not be with her.

11 Refugees Arrested In Alor Star, Malaysia


This report was sent after approval by Rohingya Refugee Community in Malaysia……….

11 refugees, including children and pregnant women were arrested by Immigration, from Alam Ara, Alor Star, on 31th Aug 2009.

They were identified as Rohingya refugees from Arakan, Burma. 3 of them are undocumented refugees and the rest are UNHCR card and UNHCR letter holder refugees.

According to Rohingya community in Alor Star, most of UNHCR card holder refugees were released during the raid by Immigration forces. But although those who have UNHCR letter were arrested, some UNHCR card holders were also arrested for the result of their appeal for UNHCR letter holder their family.

Md. Rafik said that letter holder his wife Nur Nuraine (8 months pregnant, UNHCR File No.512-04C-02586) and his 2 years old son were lifted to Seik Blentik detention camp, Alor Star. He also worry for his wife and son as his wife’s 8 months pregnancy is being close to delivery due to uncertain and unset duration of detention is practiced.

Here is another report from Penang, UNHCR recognized 2 Rohingya refugees,  Mohd Hassan and Mohd Yasin (UNHCR File No.512-04C-01507), were arrested by Immigration and from Sebarang Jaya, Penang, on 15th July 2009 and they both are detained in Juru detention camp, Penang state.

The community also stated that Immigration in Juru camp faces problems for most of detainee refugees seek deportation to Thailand due to their uncertain intervention by concern quarters reached more than 6 months duration.

A refugee activist said, “we have been reflected only criticizing for our unrest call of urgent intervention. Indeed, criticizing over the report of actual facts face by refugees, is not appreciated the situation.”

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