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Here’s how to stop recruitment of Rohingya, says Tenaganita

Tenaganita director Glorene Das says the government will be equally responsible for the outcome if the Rohingya community is not recognised in the country.

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Nepalis prefer to work in Malaysia—deadliest destination

Tamang wasn’t alone--he was one of the nearly 300 Nepali workers who died in Malaysia last year,

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Crackdown not in sync with ‘new Malaysia’, immigration told

It's about the inhumane treatment of undocumented migrant workers, says Tenaganita.

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Malaysia’s secret ‘hell’: victims of violence, extortion and abuse of power in immigration detention centres tell their stories

Detainees tell shocking tales of beatings, humiliation, corruption and intimidation at the hands of immigration officers; a Malaysia-based human rights group says such abuse is a daily occurrence

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A #MeToo Movement for the Global Fashion Industry

The women who keep the global garment supply chain running are facing their own gender-based abuse. 

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Stop and think, govt warned of vicious cycle in crackdown against migrant workers

Tenaganita says the never ending raids on undocumented foreign workers are bordering on lunacy as authorities expect different results with the same actions.

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‘Let HR ministry take charge of foreign worker recruitment’

Rights organisation Tenaganita says private agencies set very high recruitment fees as they are primarily focused on profit.

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Calls to stop 11 Uighurs’ return to China amid fears of torture

Klang MP says the Uighurs are at risk of persecution, life imprisonment, and torture if returned to China.

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Hope for refugees in the new Malaysia?

Human rights defenders can only hope that democratic renewal and our own experience with political persecution will somehow translate into a more compassionate refugee policy.

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ILO's workshop to spread knowledge on forced labour in Malaysia

25 judges, prosecutors, legal aid practitioners, officials from the Commission on Human Rights, the Ministry of Human Resources and the Ministry of Home Affairs, as well as members of the Bar Council of Malaysia participated in an ILO workshop to increase their knowledge on forced labour.

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Target traffickers instead of illegal workers - MP

The Home Ministry has been told to focus its attention on the root cause of illegal foreign workers, instead of cracking down on the victims. 

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Ban child marriage in Malaysia, NGOs tell Govt / Malaysia investigates marriage of man to 11-year-old girl

Children's rights groups and activists from all over the country are calling for a ban on child marriage in Malaysia.

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Indonesian speedboat collision kills six migrant workers

Catholic activists call for enquiry after two boats tried to cross border ahead of Malaysian crackdown on illegal workers.

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Rethink crackdown on workers

Key sectors such as construction and plantation are expected to face a shortage of la­­bour following the cessation of the foreign workers rehiring programme, said the Malaysian Em­­ployers Federation (MEF).

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Worries grow over jobs in Malaysia

Thousands of irregular workers may have to return as rehiring scheme ends today; workers serving more than 10yrs won't get work permit

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Malaysia considers amending human trafficking law after U.S. report

Malaysia’s new government said on Saturday it is considering amending laws on human trafficking and migrant smuggling just days after the U.S. State Department report.

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Malaysia renews support for Palestine refugees and UNRWA

Malaysian Prime Minister renews his support for Palestine refugees and UNRWA in a Meeting with Deputy Commissioner-General

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Forced Labor Is the Backbone of the World’s Electronics Industry

Poor people around the world are streaming into Malaysia in search of factory work. Once they arrive, they often find only hardship.

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Malaysia Busts Migrant Worker Scam, Relieves Nepal and Bangladesh

After Nepal, Bangladeshi workers set free from Malaysian scam following Malaysian government intervention.

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Bangladeshi workers in Syndicate vice

Protect our workers bound for Malaysia

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Enact gender equality law now, women’s rights NGO urges government

The International Women’s Rights Action Watch cites the case of lawyer-activist Siti Kasim’s arrest to underline the urgent need for such legislation.

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World’s largest palm oil trader linked to rainforest destruction twice the size of Paris

Wilmar has been trading palm oil all over the world, including to brands like P&G, Nestlé and Unilever. Brands cannot let this deception pass unchallenged, and have no choice but to suspend all business with Wilmar until it can prove it only trades clean palm oil from responsible producers.

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Malaysia freezes hiring workers from Bangladesh thru govt channel

Malaysia freezes hiring workers from Bangladesh thru govt channel

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Food contamination at KL eateries less than 15%

Food contamination at KL eateries less than 15%

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Santiago: Let’s help Rohingya on our turf

The Klang MP, who leads a human rights group, says the new government should ratify the UN convention on refugees.

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Klang MP urges rethink on immigration crackdown

Charles Santiago says any action taken must do justice to migrant workers as many of them are undocumented due to the fault of their employers.

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H&M to probe violence, sex abuse in Asian fashion factories

Based on interviews with some 550 workers in 53 H&M and Gap supplier factories in Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, and Sri Lanka, rights groups said women were at “daily risk” of violence, and faced retaliation if they reported the attacks.

Any time you have retaliation against workers, and coercion and control ... you are coming close to the line of forced labor.

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Migrant Workers Accuse HTC of Document Forgery, Labor Violations

For years we have known Samsung exploits workers, now HTC, will it ever end ?? It is time to really organize workers!
This must be seriously addressed by Unions in particularly ITUC and ILO too!!

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Address the root causes of the problem — Joseph Paul Maliamauv

The Director General of Immigration is rightly concerned about the uncontrolled influx of undocumented migrant workers into the country, but he should realize that repeating the same flawed measures each year is unlikely to result in any positiveout come. Instead, it would be more beneficial if he engaged with people and civil society organisations that have been working directly with migrant workers to first understand the root causes of the problem and then formulate a practical plan that is humane, equitable and respectful of human rights, to manage the situation of migrant workers in our country.- Tenaganita

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Zero tolerance for those who break minimum wage, foreign workers laws, says minister

This applies to the biggest plantation companies that employ thousands of labourers, down to the humble tom yam stall owner with one kitchen helper.

(This applies to) everyone, including in the informal sector. This is the law of the country. Minimum wage applies to everybody.- Tenaganita

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Can Malaysia become Norway of Southeast Asia?

In the next five years or so, Malaysia’s foreign policy will be moulded and executed in a way that projects itself as an ethical power in the international arena, says the author.

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World day against child labour

Themed “Generation Safe and Healthy”, this year’s commemoration is in line with ILO’s aim to secure safe working environments for all workers by 2030 and end all forms of child labour by 2025.

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Profit over people, corporate hegemony

RM 1,500 minimum wage will hurt plantation industry, says Sime Darby

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Court suspends 8-year jail term for Datin who abused maid

Rozita Mohd Ali's application to stay the sentence is allowed due to 'exceptional circumstances' but Court of Appeal imposes conditions while she is out of jail.

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Lawyers’ group wants new probe on Wang Kelian mass graves

Lawyers’ group wants new probe on Wang Kelian mass graves

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Allowing refugees to work morally, economically wise, MTUC told

Rights activists question the union's president for opposing any move to allow some 150,000 refugees in the country to seek employment legally.

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Malaysia looks to reduce dependency on foreign workers

KL not to deprive Bangladeshis already working there: minister

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127 human trafficking victims rescued

127 human trafficking victims rescued and 16 people hold up

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Report: Refugee children face ‘harrowing’ detention in Southeast Asia

It can lead to developmental delays and self-harm while putting children at very real risk of violence, sexual abuse and exploitation.

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Sad State of Affairs for Labourers

A NEWBORN, tiny and fragile, swaddled in the mother's arm. Around them, insects were scurrying all over their room; made with loose boards

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PAHS Team to Probe Deaths of Nepali Migrants

Malaysia topped the list with 546 cases of deaths with unknown causes, followed by Qatar (140) and Saudi Arabia (34). Malaysia hosts nearly half a million Nepali migrant workers, while Qatar and Saudi Arabia each have 400,000.

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Human Rights in M'sia in 3D: Deaths, Detentions and Disappearances

In Suaram’s overview of the Human Rights Report at the end of 2016, we reported only two additional deaths in police custody. However, a parliamentary reply has since revealed that there were 15 deaths in police custody in 2016.

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Three Things to Know About Migrant Workers and Remittances in Malaysia

Migrants have become an integral part of Malaysia’s economy and support their families by sending substantial amounts of remittances to their home countries. In fact, remittance growth by migrants in Malaysia has been dramatic since 2006, with an increase in remittance outflows of more than 500% in the past ten years.

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Nepal is Failing to Protect Migrant Workers: Amnesty International

Ram Sundar Yadav said his employer in Malaysia locked him in a room for 15 days when he refused to perform duties outside his contract.

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Half A Century of Social Service - Aegile Fernandez's Journey

On top of a black "Anti-human trafficking" T-shirt, she wears a blue denim shirt with a button badge with the words "I am not for sale" pinned to her left breast pocket.

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Eye On Refugees As Concerns Over TB Mount

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 ― With foreigners contributing about 20 per cent of tuberculosis (TB) cases reported in the country, concerns are mounting over the breeding of the disease among refugees here.

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Malaysia Urged to Strengthen Protection for Foreign Workers

Malaysia has yet to strengthen its laws to provide greater protection to foreign employees despite reports of rampant abuses, an international human rights watchdog said

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Malaysia Must Wake Up to Its Human Trafficking Problem

Currently, the Global Slavery Index estimates 128,800 individuals are trapped in modern day slavery in Malaysia. That’s about 0.4% of Malaysia’s total population

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Two Years On, Still No Accountability for Mass Graves in M'sia

Two years ago, on May 21, 2015, the Malaysian authorities uncovered more than 100 bodies in multiple mass graves about 500 metres from the country’s northern border as well as numerous human trafficking camps.

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Outnumbering Refugees Two to One: How the World Ignores War's Greatest Scandal

Norwegian Refugee Council report reveals extent of the hidden crisis that forced 31 million people – one every second – to flee within their countries last year

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Tenaganita Questions Political Will to Fight Human Trafficking

NGO's executive director Glorene Das quizzes government over lack of transparency in investigations following discovery of Wang Kelian mass grave in Perlis.

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42 Forced Labour Victims Rescued in Kerian

Police have rescued 42 Myanmar nationals believed to be victims of forced labour exploitation in a raid on an automobile spare parts factory at the Industrial Area, in Jalan Perusahaan, here, Wednesday. Police said the victims, comprising 14 women and 28 men aged between 16 and 35 years old did not have any valid travel documents or work permits

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Bangladesh Detains Over A Dozen Rohingya Headed to Malaysia


Bangladeshi security forces have detained more than a dozen members of Myanmar’s persecuted Rohingya Muslim community and two men accused of attempting to smuggle them into Malaysia by boat on May 9, said the Office-in-Charge (OC), Mainuddin Khan from Teknaf police station.

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At Least 24 Refugees Died in Malaysian Detention Centres

At least two dozen refugees and asylum seekers have died in overcrowded Malaysian immigration detention centres since 2015, 

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Zahid: IOM Recognises Malaysia’s Role and Commitment to Help Syrian Refugees

PUTRAJAYA:  The International Organisation for Migration (IOM) recognises the role and commitment of Malaysia in bringing in about 3,500 Syrian refugees to the country more than a year ago without incurring high costs or being a burden to the government.

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Stop ‘Legalising’ Human Trafficking, Says DAP

Government can help clear negative image as human trafficking hub by resolving issue of illegal Chinese workers at Forest City project in Johor, says Steven Sim

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Alleged Labour Abuses: Panasonic and Samsung Reforms Fall Short, Say Activists

Rights groups welcome steps to improve treatment of migrant workers after Guardian revealed claims of exploitation in supply chains in Malaysia, but say more must be done

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36 Foreign Women Among 41 Held in Raid on Spa

Thirty-six foreign women and five Malaysian men were detained by police in a raid on a spa in Bandar Seri Alam, Masai

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Three Foreign Women Rescued from Becoming Victims of Human Trafficking

Sabah police rescued three foreign women from becoming victims of human trafficking activities and sexual exploitation in Sandakan yesterday evening.

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Home Ministry Investigates e-Kad Issued to Illegal Foreign Workers

Home Ministry is currently investigating some of the 14 immigration state branches which have issued e-Kad to illegal foreign workers who have not gone through the Rehiring Programme

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Police Foil Attempt to Send 7 Illegal Migrant Workers

Seven female illegal migrant workers from West Nusa Tenggara who were rescued from an alleged human trafficking attempt during an operation on March 29

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Nepali Immigration Officials May be Involved in Trafficking Women to Gulf

20% of the nation's almost 29 million people are migrant workers in the Middle East, Malaysia and South Korea, generating remittances that make up a quarter of Nepal's GDP.

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SUHAKAM: Govt Must Uphold Rights of Orang Asli, Refugees

Human rights group chief Razali Ismail criticises those who deny Orang Asli control over their own lands and development based on their own values.

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Kim Killing Sheds Light on Murky World of Women Migrants

Undocumented female workers in Malaysia take up jobs as cleaners, waitresses, masseuses and prostitutes, and are vulnerable to exploitation and harassment by police

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Abused Workers Kept in Jungles, Says Tenaganita

"Many don't know where they are and are too afraid to leave because they have been threatened by the employers and agents”

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Exploited Workers Get 12-hour Shifts, RM100 Per Month

Negri Sembilan man says his family left their hometown thinking their life would turn around but it only got worse at the oil palm plantation in Pengkalan Hulu.

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Did Putrajaya Bulldoze Rule on Workers’ Levy?

Economists differ on what Putrajaya should do amid claims it did not carry out enough consultations on the new policy.

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Escaped Rohingya girls Forced into Child Marriages in Malaysia

Just 12-years-old at the time, she was forced to wed a man she did not know, and who was more than a decade older than her

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They Deserve Work Rights

Refugees and asylum seekers cannot be forcefully returned to the circumstances or dangers that they had been forced to flee from in their home countries

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MTUC Says No To Hiring Refugees

Trades union body says emulating Starbucks move to hire refugees in wake of US immigration ban, is not the solution as labour laws here don't protect refugees.

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2016 Killer Year for Migrants

IOM DG calls for finding creative means to permit safe, legal and secure migration

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All children must have access to education, says human rights lawyer

Stateless children are not the only ones being deprived of education in Malaysia, says Tenaganita, adding that locals working in plantations and the Orang Asal, whose children do not have birth certificates, also face the same predicament.

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Human Trafficking Victims Rescued From Condo

Human trafficking syndicate believed to also be involved in the printing of fake immigration security stickers. 

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Fifty-Nine Human Trafficking Victims Rescued in Desa Petaling Tell Of Harrowing Experience

A human trafficking syndicate believed to have been operating for a while has been foiled by the Immigration Department in Desa Petaling.

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Human Smuggling Syndicate Busted, Bangladeshis Rescued

Rescued victims of human traffickers were confined to a condomonium until sent to agents or employers.

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97 Convictions Of Human Trafficking Related Cases This Year

Increase in human trafficking related convictions can be attributed to close coopoeration but still more must be done.

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Health Centre Employee Charged With Human Trafficking

Lee Cheng Wah is accused of trafficking a 32 year old Vietnamese woman who faced sexual exploitation.

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McDonald's M'sia Drops Labour Supply Agency Over Alleged Worker Exploitation

It was found a labour supply agency whom had supplied workers to McDonalds has been withholding the salaries and passports of foreign workers. 

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Human Trafficking Cases Rise Drastically

Human trafficking cases have alarmingly risen seven times the amount from 2015 to 2016.

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Vidyanathan: Measures Taken To Have Locals Instead Of Foreign Workers In Manufacturing And Plantation Sectors

State Human Resources committee encourages industries to hire locally rather than abroad but local manufacturers will struggle with the higher cost of wages. 

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Malaysia: Babies for Sale - 101 East

101 East investigates the sinister world of baby selling in Malaysia, where infants are sold to the highest bidder 

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Employers Can Pay Fomema Fees Online

FOMEMA's new scheme allows businesses to speed up the registration process of new foreign workers through a payment channel found online. 

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Zahid: Two Million Foreign Workers Hold Temporary Working Permits

The Government defends decision to suspend new temporary work visas from foreigners, due to the high number of pre-existing temporary visas. 

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Foreign Traders Hauled Up In Market Raid

Public complaints have led to the arrest of 16 foreign workers and the shut down of several market stands.

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Government Expediting Intake Of Workers From Bangladesh To Aid Industries

Labour shortages are calling out for the government to import foreign labour, in aim to maximise financial profits.

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Cops Raid Bandar Botanic Entertainment Outlet, Rescue 41 Trafficking Victims

Forty-one women: 26 Vietnamese, three Indonesians, eight from China and four from Laos, believed to be human trafficking victims were rescued 

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Police Rescue 16 From Reflexology Centre

14 women from China, a Filipina and a man from China – were rescued during a raid at about 1.40am on Friday

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Speed Up Refugee Resettlement

Malaysia urges international community to help resettle existing refugee populations in host countries to third countries

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Malaysia Seeks Lebanon's Assistance Over Syrian Migrants

Malaysia sought Lebanon's assistance in fulfilling its pledge to take in up to 3,000 Syrian migrants fleeing their war-torn country

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KL Wants UN Action on Migrant Issue

Malaysian government expressed concerns at what it described as lingering problems in resettling migrants and refugees in third countries

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Employers: All Will Lose Under Immigration Assets Freeze Plan

Employers calling for a review of the plan by the Immigration Department in freezing assets and bank accounts of those who hire and harbour undocumented foreign workers

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NGOs Want Govt to Have Comprehensive Policy of Migrant Labour

A coalition of NGOs working on migrant rights urging the government to come up with a comprehensive policy on labour migration

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Kedah Cops Rescue 9 Chained Human Trafficking Victims

Trafficking victims freed from chains in a raid 

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PSM: Multiple Fees Should Not Burden Migrant Labour

The Malaysian Employers Federation (MEF), workers and organisations want the profit motive removed from the recruitment of migrant labour

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Denied Work, Rohingya Trapped in Limbo

Having escaped poverty and persecution in Myanmar, Rohingya end up in limbo in Malaysia: illegal to work and years for resettlement to another country

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Child Marriages A Gross Violation of Girl’s Rights: Tenaganita

Tenaganita expresses concern over the culture of child marriages in Malaysia

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Malaysian NGOs Demand Government Action on Human Trafficking

Trafficking laws will not be sufficient to curb and tackle the trafficking problem if political will is absent

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Let Me Sing You A Song From My Homeland

Our migrant worker policy today is back to the British colonial times, treating workers as disposable tools 

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Accept Right of Refugees, Tenaganita Urges Government

The government must accept the right of refugees to seek asylum and allow the UNHCR to continue their work

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UNHCR Banned from Issuing Refugee Cards

Cabinet's decision on the non-issuance of UNHCR cards leave vulnerable refugees further unprotected

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NGO Slams Malaysia on Anti-Human Trafficking Record

The crime of human trafficking is a major problem in this country, as Malaysia does not have a good system that protects immigrants, refugees, trafficked and abused

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Tenaganita Challenges Suu Kyi to Visit Rohingya Refugees

Human rights group also offers to arrange meeting between the Nobel prize laureate and the Rohingya community.

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Free Vaccinations for Migrants Can Save Country High Bills

Tenaganita hails health ministry's plan to provide free service as this can reduce the spread of infectious diseases

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