Amnesty | Connect Asia



Updated 18 January 2012, 19:25 AEDT

Amnesty International is calling for more assistance to be given to the estimated 90,000 Burmese asylum seekers living illegally in Malaysia.

The group says most of the refugees are from ethnic minorities who have fled violence and persecution in Burma. However, because Malaysia has never signed the UN Refugee Convention, the Burmese people are not recognised as refugees and often end up working illegally or being detained in overcrowded centres.

Presenter: Liam Cochrane

Dr Graeme Thom, co-ordinator for Amnesty International Australia


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