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Malaysia is investigating the disappearance of a Myanmar pro-democracy activist and her household.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysian police stated on Tuesday they’d launched an investigation into the disappearance this month of a Myanmar democracy activist and her household who held UN refugee playing cards.

Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated this week that Tuzar Maung, 46, and her 46-year-old spouse and three youngsters have been kidnapped in a “deliberate operation” on July 4, citing witnesses and CCTV footage from the activist’s dwelling in Malaysia’s Selangor state.

“The Malaysian authorities should take rapid motion to find the household and guarantee their security,” Elaine Pearson, HRW’s Asia director, stated in an announcement on Monday.

Police launched a lacking individuals investigation after receiving a report concerning the household’s disappearance, Selangor police chief Hussain Omar Khan advised Reuters.

They didn’t give additional particulars, however stated that the investigation will “examine any component of the crime, together with kidnapping.”

Malaysia has been an outspoken critic of the violence in Myanmar because the army overthrew a democratically elected authorities in February 2021. However it has been criticized by rights teams for uprooting 1000’s of Myanmar nationals, together with army defectors.

Within the yr Tuzar Maung, who moved from Myanmar to Malaysia in 2015, might have been focused to flee the escalating violence towards Muslims due to her assist for Myanmar’s pro-democracy motion, in keeping with HRW. He didn’t say who may be accountable.

Tuzar Maung leads a group of Myanmar Muslim refugees and has greater than 93,000 followers on her Fb web page.She incessantly posts criticism of what she says is the Myanmar junta.

The Myanmar embassy in Kuala Lumpur didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.

CCTV footage exhibits her driving into the terraced group the place her household lives on July 4, HRW stated. The motive force advised safety he was the police, however authorities later recognized the automotive’s license plate as faux, HRW stated.

Two hours later, a good friend on the cellphone with Tuzar Maung heard her inform her husband that unknown individuals have been breaking into her home, HRW stated.

The household’s similar automotive and two automobiles have been seen leaving the compound shortly after. Telephones of Tuzar Mang and her members of the family have been additionally misplaced, he added.

(Reporting by Rosanna Latif; Modifying by Lincoln Festal)

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