UN agency to begin registration drive of asylum seekers in Malaysia

Teams from the United Nations refugee agency will begin wading into the jungles of Malaysia next week to register refugees and other asylum seekers ahead of an expected crackdown on illegal migrants early in 2005.

UN refugee agency fears Malaysian crackdown on illegals may affect refugees

With Malaysia planning to pay bounties to officials taking part in a nationwide crackdown on illegal immigrants, the United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern that thousands of genuine refugees and asylum seekers may be wrongly caught in the detention and deportation net.

Annan welcomes release of Anwar Ibrahim from Malaysian jail

Secretary-General Kofi Annan today hailed the decision of a Malaysian court to overturn the sodomy conviction of the country's former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim and release him from jail.