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Covid-19 pandemic: a demand for Malaysia to support refugees under international and domestic law

Ab Hamid, Zuraini and Mohd Kamal, Mohd Hisham (2022) Covid-19 pandemic: a demand for Malaysia to support refugees under international and domestic law. Journal of East Asia and International Law, 15 (1). pp. 61-76. ISSN 1976-9229 E-ISSN 2287-9218

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The WHO reported the Covid-19 outbreak infected 486,761,597 people, involving 6,142,735 deaths worldwide as of 1 April 2022. This contagious disease has spread rapidly throughout the world, including Malaysia. Since the outbreak in Malaysia began in March 2020, the Movement Control Order (MCO) has been implemented nationwide, leaving a significant impact on its citizens, non-citizens, as well as refugees. There is some exploitation of refugees, where enforcement officers are targeting them for criminal offences. Stakeholders claimed the Malaysian government did not provide any assistance to refugees during the pandemic, including health care and economy. This article examines Malaysia’s responsibilities as a host country to refugees during the Covid-19 outbreak. The Malaysian government is proposed to continuously support refugees on humanitarian grounds based on the country’s economic development capabilities. This paper will look into the current situation of the Refugees in Malaysia; discuss the challenges that the Refugees in Malaysia are facing; analyse the legal framework governing the status of refugees; and check the responsibility Malaysia should assume as a host country.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Covid-19, Refugees, 1951 Refugee Convention, 1967 Protocol, Malaysia, MCO
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Civil Law
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws > Department of Legal Practice
Depositing User: Zuraini Ab Hamid
Date Deposited: 31 May 2022 09:16
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2022 11:01
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/98106

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