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More Burmese Muslims Enter UN Compound in Malaysia - 2002-06-18


For a second day in a row, Burmese Muslims have made their way into a United Nations compound in Malaysia to claim refugee status. A total of 18 Burmese are waiting a decision on their fate.

Nine Burmese Rohingya Muslims evaded security and entered the U.N. refugee agency office in Malaysia's capital, Kuala Lumpur. They join nine Rohingya Muslims who made their way into the U.N. office Monday.

The 18 Burmese apparently crossed into Malaysia illegally but feared being persecuted by Burma's military government. They say they felt they had no other choice but to seek U.N. help to stay legally in Malaysia or to be allowed to resettle in another country.

U.N. officials say the 18 will be allowed to stay in their compound while their stories are verified and their refugee applications are considered.

Malaysia has deployed extra police outside the U.N. building.

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