WORLD NEWS SUPERFAST
Malesia News – According to information received by World News Superfast, a discussion on the option of closure, along with a discussion about the impact on vulnerable refugee children. In December, Rafiullah’s apprehensions were realized when his 14-year-old nephew was caught trying to enter and detain Malaysia on foot. The boy is now among 756 children. Malaysia’s home minister had reported immigration detention across the country until 26 October, and like 405 of them, Rafiullah’s nephew is on his own. Rafiullah, a Rohingya refugee from Myanmar, said – this is the time when my nephew should study, but he will have to serve his sentence. I worry that his life will be destroyed.
Hundreds of children are in custody
The Malaysian government has been working with civil society for years on immigration custody options for children. According to information received by World News Superfast, people are focusing on those who are single or separated from their families – but progress has been slow. Meanwhile, hundreds of children have been kept in custody, which experts say could be harmful to their physical and psychological well-being.
Keeping the best interests of children as the first priority to the government
According to information received by World News Superfast, Malaysia’s Human Rights Commission’s Commissioner of Children, Professor Noor Aziah, said – if a child lives or is non-deprived, whether a refugee or illiterate migrant worker, they are still children. The government should put the best interests of children as the first priority. Rafiullah, who warned his relatives in Myanmar’s Rakhine state not to travel dangerously to join it, was alarmed in September 2019 to learn that his two nephews, both primary school students, were his Disappeared from the village.
Boys’ families paid ransom
Three months later, he received a call from a human smuggler in Thailand, seeking 16,000 Malaysian ringgit ($ 3,900) for each child to complete a trip to Malaysia. According to information received by the World News Superfast, the boys’ families paid the ransom, but only one of Rafiullah’s nephews made it to Kuala Lumpur. A relative of the second Rafiullah called to inform him that he was being kept in a detention center in the state of Kelatan, north-east of Malaysia. The family has since been unable to reach him, nor has he received information about when he may be released.