Advocacy for Malaysia

What’s Happening? 

Malaysia hosts an estimated 150,000 refugees from Myanmar, including more than 100,000 Rohingya fleeing persecution and genocide at the hands of Myanmar’s military. In recent years, tens of thousands of Rohingya have taken to the sea from Myanmar and Bangladesh trying to reach Malaysia, and thousands have drowned. Those who reach Malaysia face a variety of challenges, including the risk of indefinite detention or repatriation.

What Must Be Done? 

Refugees International is advocating for greater protections for refugees in Malaysia, including an end to indefinite detention and better access to education and livelihood opportunities. Malaysia and other regional governments must also commit to allowing access to asylum for refugees found at sea.


Still Adrift: Failure to Protect Rohingya in Malaysia and Thailand


Malaysia: Rohingya Refugees Hope for Little and Receive Less


Urgent Action Needed to Save Rohingya Adrift at Sea


New Dark Chapter as Rohingya Refugees Remain Stranded at Sea


Statement on the Human Rights of the Rohingya People


Full Circle with the Rohingya


A Return to Malaysia


Victims’ Rights: Human Rights Abuses and the Persecution of Minorities in Northern Myanmar

Featured Image: Ustaz Rafik, President of Selangor Humanitarian Aid Association established to help Rohingya refugees holds an interview in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 13, 2021. © Syaiful Redzuan/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images