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.

UN rights envoys concerned by conviction of human rights defender in Malaysia

Two United Nations experts today urged Malaysian authorities to review the case of a Malaysian human rights activist, who was convicted yesterday for publishing a memorandum alleging human rights abuses against migrant workers and sentenced to a year in prison.

Malaysia deports Indonesian asylum seekers despite UN agency’s appeal

Malaysian authorities have deported seven asylum seekers to the conflict-torn Indonesian province of Aceh, despite an appeal for a moratorium by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and assurances by the government that there would be no forced returns.

World Court awards Malaysia sovereignty over two islands near Borneo

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) today ruled in favour of Malaysia in its dispute with Indonesia over two islands off the coast of Borneo.