Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Philippines takes Malaysia to UN over Sabah 'abuses'

The Philippines has filed an official complaint to the United Nations over alleged human rights violations by Malaysia against Filipinos in the Malaysian state of Sabah.

The abuses cited were reportedly committed during Malaysia's assault against more than 200 Filipino armed men who entered Sabah to claim ownership of the island in February.

Philippines civil society groups have asked the UN to express grave concern over the human rights abuses, as well as prompt Malaysia to provide compensation to the victims.

The petitioners quoted Filipinos who fled Sabah for the Philippines. They heard cases of homes being raided, and of people with immigration papers being killed by Malaysian forces.

Philippines foreign diplomats have also expressed concern over reports of mistreatment of Filipinos by Malaysian authorities.

Since February 12, followers of self-proclaimed Filipino sultan, Jamalul Kiram III, have been in Sabah demanding recognition as the rightful owners of the Malaysian section of the island.

The stand-off is Malaysia's worst security crisis in years and authorities are demanding the gunmen surrender unconditionally.-Australia Network News (April 03, 2013)

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