Twenty-one civil society organisations on Saturday urged the Bangladesh and Malaysian governments to ensure protection of a Bangladeshi migrant worker who was facing manhunt for talking to the international media.
‘We call on the Malaysian government not to harass the journalists and expatriates, and instead investigate and take action against those who have been treating the migrants unjustly,’ they said in a joint statement released by BRAC on behalf of the 21 organisations.
They also requested the Bangladesh high commission in Malaysia, the foreign and the expatriate welfare ministries and the international organisations to be active to protect the migrant workers.
The Malaysian immigration department issued a search warrant for Raihan Kabir, a young Bangladeshi migrant worker who was interviewed by Al Jazeera in a documentary on mistreatment of foreign workers in the South East Asian country.
The local administration has summoned him and issued a notice in the newspaper which is a matter of deep concern, the statement said.
They also urged the Malaysian authorities to stop attempts to muzzle the freedom of press and human rights abuse by the Malaysian authorities.
Al Jazeera showed the investigative documentary titled ‘Locked Up in Malaysia’s Lockdown’ on July 3 exposing discrimination against migrant workers during the COVID-19 pandemic through the movement control order.
The Malaysian government should investigate the allegations made through the documentary, they added.
BRAC, Refugee and Migratory Movements Research Unit, Bangladesh Institute of Labour Studies, Manusher Jonno Foundation, WARBE Development Foundation, Ovibashi Karmi Unnayan Programme, Bangladesh Nari Sramik Kendro, IID Migration Policy Unit, Bangladeshi Ovhibashi Mohila Sramik Association, Karmojibi Nari, Bangladesh Nari Progati Sangha, Devcom and Awaj Foundation, Rights Jessore, among others, made the statement.
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