At Least 24 Refugees Died in Malaysian Detention Centres

Last Updated on May 17, 2017, 3:12 p.m.

AT least two dozen refugees and asylum seekers have died in overcrowded Malaysian immigration detention centres since 2015, The Guardian quoted UN refugee agency as saying today.

Recently released refugees interviewed by The Guardian also complained about the lack of food, water, medical care, and having to live in cramped cells.

Each of those interviewed had seen at least one other refugee die, mostly from disease but also from physical abuse.

Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) described the living conditions as "torture-like" and said it is due to authorities not allocating enough resources to ensure proper living conditions despite the enthusiasm in detaining undocumented people.

Most of the deceased were Myanmar nationals, and the number of deaths may be severely under-reported. – May 16, 2017.

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