Malaysia court delays Myanmar deportation for judicial review
International desk || shiningbd
A Malaysian court has given a temporary reprieve for 1,200 Myanmar nationals due to be deported from the country on Tuesday after human rights groups filed a judicial review saying the group would be at risk if they were returned to military-ruled Myanmar.
The group, which includes at least six people the UN refugee agency has determined to need its protection, were due to be taken back to Myanmar by the country’s navy, which has three ships on standby in Lumut, a naval base on Malaysia’s west coast.
Amnesty International and Asylum Access on Monday evening filed a judicial review, saying the group’s lives would be at risk and that more than a dozen of the detainees were children with at least one parent in Malaysia.
At a hearing on Tuesday, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an interim stay barring their removal until 10 am (02:00 GMT) on Wednesday.
Amnesty International Malaysia’s executive director Katrina Jorene Maliamauv welcomed the court decision and urged Malaysia to grant the UNHCR access to the group to verify any asylum claims.
“The government must respect the court order and ensure not one of the 1,200 individuals is deported today,” she said in a statement following the court ruling.
The two organizations said earlier that sending the group to Myanmar, where the military seized power on February 1 was “a cruel act that violates the international principle of non-refoulment.”