DHRRA Malaysia’s representative spoke at a dialogue session on statelesness organised by Nation Building School with UNHCR Malaysia (The UN Refugee Agency). The dialogue was conducted on Wednesday (17 May) at 7.30 pm in Brickfields Asia College (BAC) PJ Campus.
While most of us hold a citizenship, be it Malaysian or foreign, a number of people in Malaysia don’t have one. They are classified as stateless.Being stateless mean you have limited access to school, see a doctor, get a job, open a bank account, buy a house or even get married. Imagine if this was you. How would you feel?
According to UNHCR, every 10 minute 1 stateless child is born somewhere in the world. And there is at least 10,000,000 people who are stateless. That’s 10 million!
Speakers includes Illy (UNHCR Malaysia), Maalini (DHRRA) and Syahredzan Johan (human rights lawyer) took turns in sharing their thoughts on this issue.