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Links 1 through 3 of 3 by Latoya Peterson tagged malaysia

"The plan, which is expected to be completed in the coming weeks, has been criticized by refugee advocates and by opposition parties in Australia.

"They point out that Malaysia has never signed the U.N. refugee convention and that, while it permits the United Nations to process migrants who request asylum, it bars even U.N.-certified refugees from settling in the country permanently. Many of the 94,300 registered asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia live on the margins of society, prohibited from seeking jobs or sending their children to local schools. Some subsist in cramped quarters for years awaiting resettlement in another country."

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"Pang Khee Teik, the co-founder of a Malaysian sexual rights awareness group, called the camp 'outrageous.'

"'If we don't do anything to stop the rot of homophobia ... I worry it may get worse,' he said. Gay Malaysians say they face discrimination from government policies such as a law that makes sodomy punishable by 20 years in prison. The law is seldom and selectively enforced, but some states also impose jail terms for public cross-dressing."

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"Although there is tight regulation of traditional media in Malaysia, with newspapers requiring an annual licence from the government to publish, there have been no such restrictions online. So far.

But Mr Petra's arrest is being seen by some as evidence that the online free-for-all is about to end. Within hours of his detention, an ethnic Chinese journalist was reportedly arrested. A wider crackdown is feared. "

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