Detained Pregnant Refugee Woman Released At Hospital
08 June 2010: With the help of UNHCR in collaboration with Chin Refugee Committee (CRC), detained Ms Stella and newly released husband, Ha Sing, yesterday celebrated the good news of the birth of their new baby girl and her release from the Malaysian detention camp.
Despite being officially detained by the Malaysian authority, a heavily pregnant Chin refugee woman, Ms Stella, was yesterday taken to Talu Intan Hospital from Langkap Detention Camp as she was in labour.
Later last night, Stella gave birth to a baby girl at a hosptal where she was informed of her release from the Langkap Camp, the most crowded detention centre in Malaysia with over 1,000 detainees.
A member of CRC said: “Stella was in happy tears when she saw her husband, who was recently released from the detention camp, standing beside her at the hospital.”
The 21-year-old, from Mindat Town of Southern Chin State, had two female Malaysian Immigration Officers on guard in the hospital room, according to members of Chin Refugee Committee (CRC) who visited the hosptial, about 2 hours and half’s drive away from Kuala Lumpur.
UNHCR card holders Stella and her husband, Ha Sing, along with two other fellows from Mindat and another from Matupi, were arrested during the evening raid operated by Malaysian RELA and Immigration in Cameron Highlands on 31 May 2010.
Mr. Ha Sing said there are about 11 Chin refugees being detained in the Langkap Camp. “I don’t think I will be wrong if I say there is no detention camp in Malaysia that has not got Chin refugee detainees in it,” a member of VOCR (Voice of Chin Refugees) told Chinland Guardian.
Van Biak Thang