UNHCR urges Government to release refugees

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 25 Nov 2004

KUALA LUMPUR: The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is appealing to the Government to release 22 Rohingyas and 15 vulnerable refugees who are being held in detention centres so that they can be resettled in other countries. 

UNHCR representative to Malaysia Volker Türk said the vulnerable refugees of different nationalities were mainly women and children, including those who were sick, tortured in their home countries or suffered from traumatic disorders. 

“The 37 are part of the total 342 refugees in detention centres who are of concern to UNHCR.  

“We have, on a constant basis, requested the Malaysian authorities to release them soon as we are in the midst of the resettlement process and convincing third countries to take them in,” he told reporters after speaking at a seminar on UNHCR and refugee protection yesterday. 

He said the third countries included Denmark, Australia, Canada, Norway and England. 

Of the 342 refugees, 180 are Acehnese, 83 are Chin (Christian minorities in Myanmar), 22 are Rohingyas and 57 of various nationalities.  

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