MSF calls on the new Malaysian Government to urgently allow the safe disembarkation of refugees suffering the effects of a regional humanitarian crisis and fleeing to seek safety. Upon disembarkation, protection of refugees, as well as access to healthcare and other support servicesmust be guaranteed.
Safe disembarkation prevents the loss of lives of the Rohingya who are already afflicted by cumulative consequences of trauma, conflict and discrimination due to the denial of citizenship in Myanmar for decades. In addition, Rohingya are subjected to violence targeting them in Myanmar and in other countries of asylum.
MSF also calls on governments in the region to show solidarity with the Rohingya, intensify efforts to address the refugee crisis at its origin so that the Rohingya do not need to risk their lives to seek protection elsewhere. In the meantime, the Rohingya people and other refugees should be allowed to live in safety and dignity in countries of asylum, including Malaysia, until the crisis is resolved.