Malaysia deports 1,086 Myanmar nationals despite court order
Al Jazeera, 23 Feb 2021
Malaysia has deported 1,086 Myanmar nationals, despite a court order temporarily halting the repatriation amid concerns the group could at risk if they were returned to military-ruled Myanmar.
Kairul Dzaimee Daud, director-general of Malaysia’s immigration department, said on Tuesday the group had agreed to return voluntarily and were sent back on three Myanmar navy ships.
The move came hours after the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an interim stay barring the removal of some 1,200 people until 10am (02:00 GMT) on Wednesday.
The order was issued in response to a request for a judicial review from Amnesty International and Asylum Access, who said the group’s lives would be at risk and that more than a dozen of the detainees were children with at least one parent in Malaysia.
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