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Release 16 detained Burmese refugees: Suaram

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Last night, 16 refugees were arrested during a special celebration of Burma’s democratic leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64 birthday celebration at Taman Jaya, reports Suaram, which calls for their immediate release.

The authority’s intolerance of peaceful assemblies continued, when the police arrested 16 Burmese refugees at Taman Jaya during a special celebration of Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday before the event started.

The Pakatan Rakyat Selangor and Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) held a special celebration last night on Suu Kyi’s 64th birthday in a show of solidarity with the Burmese pro-democracy leader, who is still under detention by Burma military junta.
All of the refugees were arrested at around 9.00pm after people started to gather for the event. All those arrested now were detained at the Petaling Jaya district police station and denied access to lawyers. They might be moved to immigration.

We strongly urge the police to release all the individuals arrested immediately and unconditionally. We also demand that the Malaysian government recognise their refugee status and provide protection to them, while guaranteeing the people’s right to assembly and stopping all assaults on freedom of expression.

Temme Lee
Suaram coordinator

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