From April 2009 until recently, about 300,000 people were held in internment camps in Sri Lanka, behind barbed wires. Their only crime was to be Tamil. Their detention was not judicially reviewed, the international media and Red Cross could not see them. Those who detained them got away scot free. And some Malaysians are getting […]
A consideration of the meaning of International Migrants Day as we observe International Migrants Day today, amidst observing stories of migrant workers being abused by employers and agents with no justice yet in sight.
SUARAM’s urgent appeal on the plight of Sri Lankan refugees who complain they are being illtreated by Malaysian officials is reproduced below. Sri Lanka’s government has been accused of grave war crimes and humanitarian abuses. Despite that, it appears that the Malaysian government is assisting fficials from the Sri Lankan High Commission repatriate ethnic minority Tamil asylum seekers from Sri Lanka who fear for their lives at the hands of the Government of Sri Lanka. About 300,000 Tamils still live behind barbed wires in internment camps in Sri Lanka, unable to return to their homes since the end of the civil war earlier this year. Please respond to this urgent appeal by circulating the same, and sending the suggested letter of protest (at the end of the post) to the authorities.
The author wrote a small piece to inform the public of the plight of refugees in Malaysia while referring to a few international reports, surveys and publications. The article was edited down owing to space constraints before being sent to the local press. It was published in the on July 23, 2009. This is the […]
14 of her compatriots joined Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in detention on Friday, 19th June 2009. Their crime: gathering in Malaysia to show her support without bringing along their identification papers. Earlier that day, however, the British High Commissioner to Malaysia together with numerous other celebrities took part in the global campaign to show […]