Tuesday, April 1, 2014

UNHCR offices in Malaysia neglecting Pakistani Christian refugees’ cases

Karachi: March 24, 2014. (PCP) According to reports received by Pakistan Christian Post from Malaysia, the United Nation offices of Human Right and Refugees are providing priorities to cases of Muslims from Myanmar, Syria and from other Islamic countries but causing unnecessary delays in cases of Pakistani Christians who fled from Pakistan after rising violence and persecution against them. 

The report indicates that when Pakistani Christian reach Malaysia, the UNHCR giving them time of two years for first interview to register them as refugee and again two-three years for final interview while Muslims from Myanmar, Syria and other Arab states are given time of months for first interview.

The Malaysian police consider all refugees as un-registered and illegal until they not go through first of initial interview which complete UNHCR registration, so, considering Pakistani Christian as illegal in Malaysia, harass them and make their life miserable.

Dr. Nazir S Bhatti, President of Pakistan Christian Congress PCC has expressed grave concern on handling of cases of Pakistani Christian refugees by offices of UNHCR in Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka.

Nazir Bhatti said “PCC urges Secretary General Ban Ki Moon of UNO to direct UNHCR to adopt same standards to deal with cases of Muslims and Christian refuges in South and South Eastern countries”

PCC Chief also appealed to EU countries to accept Pakistani Christian refugees as they are awarding permanent residencies to Syrians and other Muslim states migrants.

Dr. Nazir Bhatti appealed to International Donor Agencies and NGO,s to step forward to help Pakistani Christian refugees stranded in Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore and in Hong Kong who are suffering with their women and children while waiting from years on decision on their cases with UNHCR without any support.