Human rights group claims that two kids have been separated from their families after deporting people to Myanmar

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A group of international human rights organizations has shown their concerns regarding Malaysia shipping children to Myanmar alone, where they will face the repercussions For their families who had sought asylum in Malaysia.
The group of human rights organizations includes the Asian Forum for human rights and development, the Asia pacific refugee rights network, the international detention coalition, and the ASEAN parliamentarians for human rights. The group stated that they had received reports that two children deported were separated from their families seeking asylum in Malaysia.
The departments of Malaysian immigration had deported around 1,086 Myanmar nationals, including those who had the UN refugee cards back to their time.
A joint statement released by the group stated that given the fact that UNHCR- the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees had been denied the access of verifying and assessing the individuals who have been fleeing the persecution since 2019 august.
Moreover, Malaysia doesn’t have a domestic policy and a legal framework for identifying and recognizing the country’s refugees.
Even though the department of immigration assured that the ones who have been deported don’t include the Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers, there are chances that the group includes the refugees and asylum seekers and the unaccompanied children.
According to the Asylum Access and Amnesty international Malaysia, there were about 17 children and around three UNHCR cardholders in the group that was scheduled for deportation.
Last year in November, Malaysia’s human rights commission estimated that about 1,000 refugees and people in Malaysia are still in detention.
On the 26th of October 2020, it confirmed that 756 minors are in the immigration detention center, and 326 of them are unaccompanied or separated from Myanmar.

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