- [PRESS STATEMENT] Expulsion of Uighur asylum seekers under suspicious circumstances unacceptable
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Posted: 09 Feb 2013 06:01 AM PST
It has come to our attention that on December 31, 2012, the Malaysian government forcibly expelled six Uighur Muslim asylum seekers back to China.
They were in our country seeking shelter from persecution in their home country and should have been accorded all due process as warranted by international law.
Since their cases were being reviewed by the asylum processing agencies, their sudden transfer without the cooperation of the United Nation High Commissioner for Refugees' office in Kuala Lumpur is a clear violation of international law.
Malaysia is a sovereign nation and must act accordingly in its handling of such cases. Whatever may be the reasons, we condemn the inhumane and illegal repatriation of the asylum seekers. We reiterate that in dealing with refugees, humanitarian considerations must prevail over political expediency.
Posted: 09 Feb 2013 05:58 AM PST
We note with great concern the trial in Bangladesh of seven leaders of the Islamic group (Jamaat-e-Islami) on politically motivated charges and conducted in a manner that contravenes international standards for a just and fair trial.
In this regard, we condemn the injustice being perpetrated and call on the Bangladeshi government to stop this farcical trial and allow due process to prevail.
The requirements of justice, the rule of law and a fair trial warrant that the suspects be accorded full rights and facilities to defend themselves and not be subjected to a process which is fundamentally flawed.
The safeguards and protection given to all persons under the constitution must be followed in letter and in spirit. This would apply equally to members of the opposition who should not be persecuted because of political differences We therefore urge the authorities to take immediate action to put things right.
Posted: 08 Feb 2013 11:27 PM PST
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