Does Malaysia deserve a seat on the UN Human Rights Council?

Josh Hong

Detention as a way of deterring undocumented migrants is often fraught with human rights violations. It is high time the Malaysian authorities consider alternatives, including granting refugees the right to work and allowing them to live in the community with work and social rights. – Pic courtesy of police, May 2, 2022.

ON April 20, 2022, 528 Rohingya refugees fled an immigration detention depot in Penang state, resulting in the death of six of them, including two children who were killed on a highway.

It was a human tragedy that could have been avoided, and a complete failure on the part of the Malaysian authorities as well as a slap in the face of the country that sits shamelessly on the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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