73 Myanmar deaths in Malaysian custody: media

More than half of the foreigners who died at Malaysian immigration detention camps over the past two years are Myanmar citizens, according to a report by the Malaysian National Human Rights Commission Human Rights, Suhakam, the Malay acronym. The report said that of the 118 deaths in the camps, between 2015 and 2016, 73 were Myanmar nationals, 23 Indonesians and 14 Bangladeshis and the balance were other nationals. According to the Malaysian news website, Malaysiakini, the main cause of death was disease and illness like tuberculosis and HIV related complications. U Chit Kaung the chair of Malaysian based Myanmar Migrants Aid Organization told The Myanmar Times, “We always get the latest information about the situation in detention centers. The detainees have not been provided with proper meals and food.”

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