KUALA LUMPUR: The lack of a proper system to govern refugees has allowed human rights abuses against refugees to take place, said the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam).
The non-recognition of refugees by Malaysia has made the community more marginalised, added Suhakam vice-chair Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee.
“We urge for the establishment of a Government-led system which engages with various other organisations such as the UNHCR and non-governmental bodies which deal with refugees to ensure a better mechanism to deal with the issues and challenges faced by refugees in Malaysia.
“And we will continue to urge the Government to accede to the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees 1951 and its 1967 Optional Protocol in order to accord adequate protection to, and to respect the rights of, refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.”
Dr Khaw said this in her keynote address Thursday on the commission’s role at the Roundtable on Challenges and Opportunities for Refugees in an Urban Environment organised by the UNHCR.
Since Suhakam’s inception, she said it has been inquiring into complaints of alleged violations of their human rights and by recommending to the