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Penahanan Warga Migran dan Pelarian Ketika Krisis Wabak COVID-19 Tidak Berperikemanusiaan

The Detention of Migrants and Refugees During The COVID-19 Pandemic Is Dehumanising

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Jawatankuasa Penganjur Perarakan Wanita Malaysia 2020 bersatu suara bersama peserta-peserta Protes Menentang Layanan Tidak Berperikemanusiaan Warga Migran dan Pelarian dalam menyatakan solidariti kepada komuniti migran dan pelarian di Malaysia yang menghadapi tekanan berlipat-ganda pada ketika pandemik COVID-19 sedang melanda.

Penguatkuasaan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan (PKP) yang sepatutnya berfungsi sebagai mekanisme yang melindungi orang ramai telah berubah implimentasinya sejak awal fasa kepada satu bentuk kekerasan yang masih sedang diperkasakan lagi. Bagi komuniti migran dan pelarian yang telah berhadapan dengan kekerasan pihak berkuasa sejak bertahun-tahun, perlaksanaan PKP dalam suasana pandemik memburukkan lagi kehidupan mereka.

Kami tahu ramai antara mereka hidup dalam ketakutan dan ini terbukti apabila Menteri Pertahanan selaku jurucakap Majlis Keselamatan Negara (MKN) sebulan lalu terpaksa memujuk dan memberi jaminan keselamatan supaya ahli-ahli komuniti yang bergejala tampil untuk diuji dan mendapatkan rawatan. Namun, hari ini, terbukti MKN telah membelakangkan janji. . 

Contohnya, ramai daripada komuniti migran dan pelarian di Masjid India dan Selayang telah terkesan dengan Perintah Kawalan Pergerakan Diperketatkan (PKPD). Laporan-laporan media merujuk kepada masalah bekalan makan, terutamanya terputus bagi mereka yang bukan warganegara. Beberapa hari lalu, sebuah operasi pula dijalankan di kawasan PKPD Masjid India di mana lebih 500 warga termasuk kanak-kanak tidak berdokumen telah ditangkap dan diletakkan di pusat tahanan.

Langkah-langkah ini amat tidak berperikemanusiaan dan bertentangan dengan panduan kesihatan World Health Organisation (WHO) untuk menangani wabak COVID-19. Kondisi di pusat-pusat tahanan telah berulang kali dilaporkan sebagai tidak sesuai untuk manusia, apatah lagi dalam krisis kesihatan masakini di mana penjarakkan fizikal amat kritikal.

Kami mengingati pihak berkuasa bahawa migran dan pelarian juga manusia. Segera hentikan operasi penangkapan komuniti ini serta bebaskan mereka yang dalam tahanan.

Jawatankuasa Penganjur Perarakan Wanita Malaysia 2020

The Women’s March Malaysia 2020 Organizing Committee speak in one voice with participants of the Protest Against the Dehumanization of Migrants and Refugees in expressing solidarity with migrants and refugees in Malaysia who are facing greater pressures during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO) which should serve as a mechanism to protect the public has altered since its initial phase into a form of violence that continues to expand. For years, migrants and refugees have been facing threats from the authorities but the implementation of the MCO during this pandemic has further worsened their lives.

We know many of them live in fear and this is evident when the Minister of Defence, who is also spokesperson for the National Security Council (NSC), had to plea and give assurance that the safety of members of the community who exhibit  symptoms will not be compromised if they come forward for testing and treatment. However, today, it is clear that the NSC has turned back on its promise.

For example, many migrants and refugees in Masjid India and Selayang have been affected by the Enhanced Movement Control Order (EMCO). The media reported issues concerning food supply in these areas, especially for non-citizens. A few days ago, an operation was carried out at the Masjid India EMCO zone where more than 500 undocumented residents, including children, were arrested and placed in detention centres.

These measures are inhumane and contrary to the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines for dealing with the COVID-19 outbreak. Conditions in detention centres have repeatedly been reported to be unsuitable for humans, let alone in the current health crisis where physical distancing is critical.

We remind the authorities that migrants and refugees are human beings. We urge them to immediately stop the detention operation being carried out against these communities and to release those who have already been detained.

Women’s March Malaysia 2020 Organizing Committee

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