Refugee rights organisations welcome UNHCR Chin decision

18 March 2019
Refugee rights organisations welcome UNHCR Chin decision
(File) A refugee family from Myanmar's ethnic Chin tribe spend their afternoon in a small apartment that houses more then twenty asylum-seekers in down town Kuala Lumpur. Photo: AFP

Refugee rights organisations have hailed UNHCR’s decision to halt the cessation process for Chin refugees, but raised the need for more solutions to support the community, the Star website reported.

A spokesman for Dignity for Children, a school for underprivileged children in Kuala Lumpur, said they are delighted by UNHCR’s decision and hope it would not be revoked or changed, especially for the sake of children.

UNHCR had announced in a statement on March 14 that it is reversing its earlier decision to end refugee protections for ethnic Chins, which would have seen many forced to return to Myanmar despite reports of continued violence.