Malaysian police on Friday carried out an operation to arrest hundreds of illegal migrants in Kuala Lumpur to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Abdul Hamid Bador, chief of the local police, said this, BBC news agency reports.
People were detained to make sure that they did not spread the coronavirus in the city. Police raids took place in that part of the capital where foreigners lived.
The United Nations called on the Malaysian authorities to release children and vulnerable persons from migrant camps.
Phil Robertson of Human Rights Watch warned that the detention of foreigners could exacerbate the pandemic in Malaysia, both in terms of the threat of outbreaks within the camps and the reluctance of undocumented people to cooperate with the authorities.
According to Johns Hopkins University, in Malaysia, just over 100 people died from coronavirus.
The country remains under partial quarantine.
Malaysia does not recognize refugees, and there is a high level of distrust of those who come from abroad. As a rule, they are involved in low-paid types of labor.
As we reported before, new details emerged about the evidence against four individuals — Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko and Russian citizens Oleg Pulatov, Sergey Dubinsky, and Igor Girkin — who are charged with complicity in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 passenger plane as Dutch prosecutors at The Hague court read out their case.