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Abide by laws during protest, Rohingya refugees told

PETALING JAYA: Rohingya refugees in Malaysia have the right to protest but they must adhere to the laws of the country, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said.
Its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail (pix) said Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) states that every human being, wherever they are, has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly.
"However, violent protesters lose their protection under the right to peaceful assembly, and the police shall act against those breaking the law," he said in a statement on Sunday.
"The instincts of compassion and hospitality of Malaysia to provide refuge to Rohingya refugees who have suffered violence, hardship, threats to life and displacement must also mean that refugees in Malaysia respect and adhere to the laws of Malaysia," added Razali.
"Suhakam also emphasises that the principle of inviolability guarantees the sanctity of diplomatic and consular premises and Malaysia is obliged to protect the premises of diplomatic missions from intrusion or damage or impairment of its dignity," he said.
On Wednesday, several people at a protest against the treatment of the Rohingya by the Myanmar government were arrested after they allegedly turned unruly.
Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Mohd Sukri Kaman said some of the protesters started banging on passing vehicles and caused massive traffic jams in Jalan Ampang.
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