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.