MERHROM calls Malaysia government to release Rohingya refugees from detention


Kuala Lumpur: Myanmar Ethnic Rohingya Human Rights Organization in Malaysia (MERHROM) is saddened by the fatal accident involving 6 Rohingya who escaped from the Sungai Bakap temporary detention camp on 20th April 2022 at 4.30am.

“We were saddened this tragedy happened in the holy month of Ramadan. It is heartbreaking to see how they died, especially the children. Though we do not know exactly what triggered them to escape the detention camp, we believe a long detention led them to flee the detention camp,” said a statement from MERHROM.

MERHROM also calls on Malaysian Government to release Rohingya refugees from detention as “the indefinite detention will definitely affect their mental health as victims of genocide.”

“Being the genocide surviviors, the Rohingya suffered from trauma and other psychological problem and most of the time untreated.

“We call upon the UNHCR to find durable solution for the Rohingya until the United Nations and the international community stop the Rohingya Genocide,” said the statement.

Rohingya Genocide in Myanmar has forced the Rohingya to flee to Bangladesh and other Southeast Asian countries as well as Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia. Many have lost their lives while seeking refuge including in the hands of human traffickers. They cannot be deported to Myanmar either due to the country’s denial of citizenship to Rohingya, rendering them stateless.

To date the Myanmar situation has not changed. This forced the people of Myanmar including the Rohingya to constantly flee to the neighboring countries to seek refuge.

The international failure in stopping the Rohingya Genocide has resulted in the deaths of many innocent lives including women and children as to what had happened recently where 6 Rohingya died while crossing a highway after they fled the detention camp here 3 days ago, MERHROM added.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)` Commissioner Jerald Joseph pointed out that the Rohingya were stateless and therefore, cannot be returned to Myanmar. Therefore, it lies with UNHCR and the resettlement countries to provide protection and a durable solution for the Rohingya in accordance with international law. – Malaysia World News



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