The Straits Times
Published on Feb 04, 2013

Malaysia criticised for deporting 6 Uighur Chinese


KUALA LUMPUR (AP) - A rights group has criticised Malaysia for deporting six ethnic Uighur Chinese who were seeking asylum, saying it has put the men's lives in danger.

New York-based Human Rights Watch says the forced return of the men to China on Dec 31 was a grave violation of international laws.

It says the six men were held earlier last year for allegedly attempting to leave Malaysia using false passports.

It said on Monday that the men registered with the UN refugee agency in Kuala Lumpur while in detention and were to have their claims reviewed when they were deported in a clandestine operation.