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Chin Asylum Seeker Mother and Child Released

Chin Asylum Seeker Mother and Child Released

By Salai Za Uk Ling

16 Dec 2006 – Kuala Lumpur: Malaysian immigration authorities yesterday released Chin asylum seeker mother and child. Tial Can and her 3 year-old daughter Dawt Khun Tial had been in detention since July, just days after they arrived in Malaysia to seek asylum with United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Kuala Lumpur. They are now back in their community with the assistance of Chin Refugee Committee.

The mother and child made headlines in the media a few weeks ago when Malaysia rights group SUARAM and six other non-governmental organizations took their case to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and the Immigration Department. They were two of the extremely vulnerable individuals listed in a joint memorandum to the Immigration Department on November 23.

During a meeting with NGO representatives on December 6, the Director-General of Immigration Department of Malaysia indicated his willingness to release children, mothers and pregnant woman detainees on the condition that agencies such as the UNHCR or Ministry of Women Affairs take responsibilities for their well-being.

Three year-old Dawt Khun Tial was reportedly sick and had suffered from malnutrition as a result of poor appetite and harsh conditions in Lenggeng detention center, which has been acknowledged by the Malaysian government as one of the many overcrowded detention facilities around the country.

Philemon Sang, coordinator of the Chin Refugee Committee, who accompanied the mother and child home yesterday from UNHCR office, described the child as ‘looking very pale and weak.’

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