Wednesday, April 27, 2011


Ref: 2011/005
Date: April 27, 2011
For Immediate Release
Appeal to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

It is obvious that since the year 2009, office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Malaysia has been adjourned to deal with perfect Rohingya Refugee organizations, which have been trying their level best to have appointment with the agency.

We at the Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC), Malaysia believe that the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Malaysia is being monopolized by some kinds of influential quarters whether application of power or high amount of under table payment. Otherwise, UNHCR would not keep silent to 10 (ten) official letters in last 4 months from January to April 2011.

This silence resulted to serious dilemma towards tens of thousands of Rohingya undocumented refugees and asylum seekers. They have to pass life in sub-human condition as no protection mechanism is introduced for them.

At the same time, various kinds of non-refugees and opportunist economic migrants are trying to tarnish the fate of Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers, persuading to join in different types of working sectors, with baseless hopes to UNHCR registration and Malaysian Identification Card in order to enjoy percentage benefits.

Our organization has come to indentify that such kinds of people are bring defamations of both UN Refugee Agency and the Government of Malaysia through out misguiding the Rohingya refugees, while these people do not have any experience on the difficulties and suffering of refugees in their lives.

In these regards, we appeal to the UN Refugee Agency UNHCR) and other refugee concerned quarters to immediately convene talks with genuine Rohingya refugee communities in order to ensure the protection and other facilities for the Rohingya refugee victims in the country.

We also appeal to the UNHCR to repeal all kinds of discriminations against the Rohingya refugees in getting registration, protection, assistance, resettlement and other facilities of refugees which were setforth by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, International Human Rights Mechanism, Human Rights standards and UN Refugee Convention of 1951 together with its additional protocol of 1967.

Coordinating Council
Rohingya Arakanese Refugee Committee (RARC)

For further information:
Mohammad Sadek
Program Coordinator, RARC,
Tel: +60 163094599

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