How do we treat refugees in Malaysia?

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What do you all make of this Al Jazeera video clip?

We are justifiably concerned about Palestinians who are displaced. But why is there little concern for the displaced Rohingya and other refugees and stateless people on our soil?

First of all, we need to ratify the 1951 UN Refugee Convention. Why have we not ratified this treaty when 145 other countries are already state parties to the treaty? And let’s not forget the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) (1976))

Look at this list. Where are we?

STATUS AS AT : 23-11-2014 06:45:37 EDT
CHAPTER V
REFUGEES AND STATELESS PERSONS
2 . Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
Geneva, 28 July 1951
Entry into force
:
22 April 1954, in accordance with article 43.
Registration :
22 April 1954, No. 2545
Status :
Signatories : 19. Parties : 145
Text :
United Nations,  Treaty Series , vol. 189, p. 137.
Note :
The Convention was adopted by the United Nations Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Status of Refugees and Stateless Persons, held at Geneva from 2 to 25 July 1951.  The Conference was convened pursuant to resolution 429 (V)1, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 14 December 1950.
 

Participant Signature Accession(a), Succession(d), Ratification
Afghanistan 30 Aug 2005 a
Albania 18 Aug 1992 a
Algeria 21 Feb 1963 d
Angola 23 Jun 1981 a
Antigua and Barbuda  7 Sep 1995 a
Argentina 15 Nov 1961 a
Armenia  6 Jul 1993 a
Australia 22 Jan 1954 a
Austria 28 Jul 1951  1 Nov 1954
Azerbaijan 12 Feb 1993 a
Bahamas 15 Sep 1993 a
Belarus 23 Aug 2001 a
Belgium 28 Jul 1951 22 Jul 1953
Belize 27 Jun 1990 a
Benin  4 Apr 1962 d
Bolivia (Plurinational State of)  9 Feb 1982 a
Bosnia and Herzegovina 2  1 Sep 1993 d
Botswana  6 Jan 1969 a
Brazil 15 Jul 1952 16 Nov 1960
Bulgaria 12 May 1993 a
Burkina Faso 18 Jun 1980 a
Burundi 19 Jul 1963 a
Cambodia 15 Oct 1992 a
Cameroon 23 Oct 1961 d
Canada  4 Jun 1969 a
Central African Republic  4 Sep 1962 d
Chad 19 Aug 1981 a
Chile 28 Jan 1972 a
China 3 24 Sep 1982 a
Colombia 28 Jul 1951 10 Oct 1961
Congo 15 Oct 1962 d
Costa Rica 28 Mar 1978 a
Côte d’Ivoire  8 Dec 1961 d
Croatia 2 12 Oct 1992 d
Cyprus 16 May 1963 d
Czech Republic 4 11 May 1993 d
Democratic Republic of the Congo 19 Jul 1965 a
Denmark 28 Jul 1951  4 Dec 1952
Djibouti  9 Aug 1977 d
Dominica 17 Feb 1994 a
Dominican Republic  4 Jan 1978 a
Ecuador 17 Aug 1955 a
Egypt 22 May 1981 a
El Salvador 28 Apr 1983 a
Equatorial Guinea  7 Feb 1986 a
Estonia 10 Apr 1997 a
Ethiopia 10 Nov 1969 a
Fiji 12 Jun 1972 d
Finland 10 Oct 1968 a
France 11 Sep 1952 23 Jun 1954
Gabon 27 Apr 1964 a
Gambia  7 Sep 1966 d
Georgia  9 Aug 1999 a
Germany 5, 6 19 Nov 1951  1 Dec 1953
Ghana 18 Mar 1963 a
Greece 10 Apr 1952  5 Apr 1960
Guatemala 22 Sep 1983 a
Guinea 28 Dec 1965 d
Guinea-Bissau 11 Feb 1976 a
Haiti 25 Sep 1984 a
Holy See 21 May 1952 15 Mar 1956
Honduras 23 Mar 1992 a
Hungary 14 Mar 1989 a
Iceland 30 Nov 1955 a
Iran (Islamic Republic of) 28 Jul 1976 a
Ireland 29 Nov 1956 a
Israel  1 Aug 1951  1 Oct 1954
Italy 23 Jul 1952 15 Nov 1954
Jamaica 30 Jul 1964 d
Japan  3 Oct 1981 a
Kazakhstan 15 Jan 1999 a
Kenya 16 May 1966 a
Kyrgyzstan  8 Oct 1996 a
Latvia 31 Jul 1997 a
Lesotho 14 May 1981 a
Liberia 15 Oct 1964 a
Liechtenstein 28 Jul 1951  8 Mar 1957
Lithuania 28 Apr 1997 a
Luxembourg 28 Jul 1951 23 Jul 1953
Madagascar 18 Dec 1967 a
Malawi 10 Dec 1987 a
Mali  2 Feb 1973 d
Malta 17 Jun 1971 a
Mauritania  5 May 1987 a
Mexico  7 Jun 2000 a
Monaco 18 May 1954 a
Montenegro 10 Oct 2006 d
Morocco  7 Nov 1956 d
Mozambique 16 Dec 1983 a
Namibia 17 Feb 1995 a
Nauru 28 Jun 2011 a
Netherlands 28 Jul 1951  3 May 1956
New Zealand 30 Jun 1960 a
Nicaragua 28 Mar 1980 a
Niger 25 Aug 1961 d
Nigeria 23 Oct 1967 a
Norway 28 Jul 1951 23 Mar 1953
Panama  2 Aug 1978 a
Papua New Guinea 17 Jul 1986 a
Paraguay  1 Apr 1970 a
Peru 21 Dec 1964 a
Philippines 22 Jul 1981 a
Poland 27 Sep 1991 a
Portugal 3 22 Dec 1960 a
Republic of Korea  3 Dec 1992 a
Republic of Moldova 31 Jan 2002 a
Romania  7 Aug 1991 a
Russian Federation  2 Feb 1993 a
Rwanda  3 Jan 1980 a
Samoa 21 Sep 1988 a
Sao Tome and Principe  1 Feb 1978 a
Senegal  2 May 1963 d
Serbia 2 12 Mar 2001 d
Seychelles 23 Apr 1980 a
Sierra Leone 22 May 1981 a
Slovakia 4  4 Feb 1993 d
Slovenia 2  6 Jul 1992 d
Solomon Islands 28 Feb 1995 a
Somalia 10 Oct 1978 a
South Africa 12 Jan 1996 a
Spain 14 Aug 1978 a
St. Kitts and Nevis  1 Feb 2002 a
St. Vincent and the Grenadines  3 Nov 1993 a
Sudan 22 Feb 1974 a
Suriname 7 29 Nov 1978 d
Swaziland 14 Feb 2000 a
Sweden 28 Jul 1951 26 Oct 1954
Switzerland 28 Jul 1951 21 Jan 1955
Tajikistan  7 Dec 1993 a
The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia 2 18 Jan 1994 d
Timor-Leste  7 May 2003 a
Togo 27 Feb 1962 d
Trinidad and Tobago 10 Nov 2000 a
Tunisia 24 Oct 1957 d
Turkey 24 Aug 1951 30 Mar 1962
Turkmenistan  2 Mar 1998 a
Tuvalu 8  7 Mar 1986 d
Uganda 27 Sep 1976 a
Ukraine 9 10 Jun 2002 a
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 28 Jul 1951 11 Mar 1954
United Republic of Tanzania 12 May 1964 a
Uruguay 22 Sep 1970 a
Yemen 10 18 Jan 1980 a
Zambia 24 Sep 1969 d
Zimbabwe 25 Aug 1981 a

 

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Ananars

Before talking of how do we treat the refugees, we should asking how we treat foreign workers. Remember the tiger driver working for up to 12 hours as maid, driver and errand boy for only 1500 per month and left to rot in jail if not for Huan

Wee Chin

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gk ong

Anil should report on the salient points that are to be raised in the coming Umno General Assembly, as they will indicate the direction of BN in the coming years leading to GE14.

Wee Chin

Salient Point:
Malaysia’s affirmative action policies the past 40 years have created a culture of dependency, corruption and racial envy among the malays. Most Bumiputera were still trapped in the low-income group although economic growth had reached 6.3% – one of the highest in Asia.

Conclusion: BN has failed in its NEP. Time for change. ABU!

johanKhunPana

The actual video is titled as Malaysia’s unwanted.
Attached is the youtube link –

unomasia

They are said to be coming in at around 1000 persons per day – just the refugees! How do they all find the UN office? If they are not welcome, why are they allowed in? Yes, the usual excuses. UN even has armies fighting rebels in some countries. Here, it seems they did not even have money for even a computer until recently, let alone enough staff. If they are on their way to other countries, why are they not processed in Thailand? Some refugees apparently wait for years to be “processed”. All very suspicious. Those allegedly exploiting these people… Read more »

tunglang

The problem with refugees & illegals is that it (appears to be) a ready cash-cow for those who have authorities, those who have access to immigration loop-holes & ‘agents’ of slaves.
It is alleged that for some refugees in detention, just making a call home costs a great deal of money. Now this is evil in our presence which should be rid of for good.
We fight for human rights at UN, why can’t we fight the scums of human trafficking + slavery in Malaysia.
Cakap-cakap di UN tak serupa bikin.

Phua Kai Lit

Rohingyas (Muslims from Burma who are of Bengali descent) — Burma does not want them. Bangladesh does not want them.

Ananars

Is Anil or Pakatan trying to justify how cruel our govt is.

UN Observer

Interesting that Singapore, Thailand, Indonesia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Brunei have not ratified the treaty as well. That is most of ASEAN. So Malaysia is in good company!