Friday, December 11, 2015

A Call to End Killing Tragedies, Atrocities, Human Rights Violations in Arakan and to Promote Peace & Stability in the Country

Date:  10 December 2015

Joint Statement on International Human Rights Day 2015

A Call to End Killing Tragedies, Atrocities, Human Rights Violations in Arakan and to Promote Peace & Stability in the Country

We, the undersigned organizations warmly salute the International Human Rights Day 2015. 

But the entire people in Arakan State, Burma, particularly the Rohingya ethnic minorities are highly concerned for their safety and want  to live in peace and harmony in their ancestral homeland.

Since the day of sectarian violence against the ethnic indigenous Rohingya in Burma, there has been a gross violation of human rights where over 140,000 Rohingya now live in the Internally Displaced People's camps (IDP) while thousands of other ethnic minorities live below poverty.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

UNHCR in Malaysia told to stop issuing refugee Cards

ALOR STAR, Aug 15, 2015:
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia has been urged to stop issuing refugee cards without the consent of the Malaysian government.

IMG_2869 LMinister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said the UNHCR should consult the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department before issuing the cards.
“The UNHCR office is doing it wrong by issuing the (refugee) cards without informing the Home Ministry and the Immigration Department.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Parliamentarians call on ASEAN ministers to address root causes of migrant crisis at KL meeting

ASEAN LogoPress Release: 1 July, 2015
JAKARTA – ASEAN home ministers meeting in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow must take firm action to combat human trafficking, protect vulnerable asylum seekers, and address the root causes of the continuing migrant crisis, including the persecution of Rohingya in Myanmar, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) said today.

Joint Statement by UNHCR, OHCHR, IOM, the SRSG for Migration and Development, and UNODC

Press Releases, 1 July 2015
A comprehensive people-oriented approach to the irregular movement of migrants and refugees in South East Asia

We, the undersigned*, welcome the convening later this week of the Emergency ASEAN Ministerial meeting on Transnational Crime: Irregular Movement of Persons in the South East Asia Region. The meeting provides a timely opportunity to move meaningfully forward on the comprehensive and durable solution called for by the Foreign Ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand in Putrajaya on 20 May 2015, in keeping with the spirit of unity and solidarity of a people-oriented and people-centred ASEAN.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Refugee Figuers at a Glance in Malaysia

As of end April 2015, there are some 152,830 refugees and asylum-seekers registered with UNHCR in Malaysia.  

- 141,920 are from Myanmar, comprising some 49,600 Chins, 45,910 Rohingyas, 12,320 Myanmar Muslims, 7,280 Rakhines & Arakanese, and other ethnicities from Myanmar.

- There are some 10,910 refugees and asylum-seekers from other countries, including some 3,890 Sri Lankans, 1,210 Pakistanis, 1,090 Somalis, 950 Syrians, 830 Iraqis, 540 Iranians, 430 Palestinians, and others from other countries.

Some 69% of refugees and asylum-seekers are men, while 31% are women.

There are some 33,000 children below the age of 18.

Source: here

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Religious Extremism Looms Over Myanmar

JUNE 17, 2015
Author(s): David Scott Mathieson
Published in: CNN
The impact of Myanmar's repressive policy toward Rohingya Muslims was made clear in recent weeks with scenes of desperate people crammed into boats, an escalation of a miserable maritime flight in which an estimated 90,000 people have fallen prey to smugglers and traffickers since early 2014. The United Nations estimates that around 1,000 people have died on the way.
The root cause is the long-term reprehensible treatment of the Rohingya in Myanmar (also known as Burma) — stateless, officially and socially reviled, with severe curbs on their rights to work, travel, get health care and education, and practice their religion.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

UNHCR Contact Information in Malaysia

UNHCR Representative
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
570, Jalan Bukit Petaling
50460 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603 2118 4800
Fax: +603 2141 1780

For other inquiries:
General queries   UNHCR General Office
+603 2118 4800
(between 8.00am to 4.00pm)
To report arrests, and queries on detention cases

  UNHCR Call Center Hotline
+6012 630 5060
(Queries on detention between 8.00am to 4.00pm only)
Queries on Employment of refugees
  Livelihoods team
+603 2118 4841
Queries on media and fundraising   External Relations Section
Media queries: +603 2118 4812
Fundraising: +603 2118 4986
Queries on volunteering
  Volunteer coordinator
+603 2118 4939
Queries on conducting academic research

For queries on conducting academic research, including
requesting for interviews or information, please email:
Kindly include your complete research topic/angle and questions, and accompanied by an attestation from your university. This will be reviewed by the UNHCR Representative.
Queries regarding employment opportunities for Malaysians and internships with UNHCR can be found here, or email for further information, or call +603 2118 4800.