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Malaysia deports 1,000 to Myanmar despite ban




Malaysia on Tuesday deported more than 1,000 Myanmar detainees back to their homeland just weeks after a coup, despite a court order halting the repatriation and a storm of criticism from rights groups.

The migrants were ferried on buses and trucks to a military base on Malaysia’s west coast where three Myanmar navy ships had docked.

The United States and the United Nations had criticized the plan, while rights groups said there were asylum seekers among the group.

Hours before the deportation, a Kuala Lumpur court ordered it should be temporarily halted to allow activists to present a legal challenge.

They argued it should not go ahead as Malaysia would breach its international duties if it deported vulnerable people, and that the Myanmar military’s seizure of power meant they were at even greater risk.

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