KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) -- Human rights groups have urged Malaysia not to deport 155 ethnic Uighur migrants back to China, fearing they could face persecution.
A senior Malaysian immigration official says authorities raided two apartments on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 1 following a tip-off and found 90 Uighurs (pronounced WEE'-gurs) hiding in one unit and 65 members of the minority group in the other.
He said Tuesday that the group -- comprising 42 men, 37 women, 43 boys and 33 girls -- was sent to a detention center pending an investigation. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing the case's sensitivity.
Malaysian rights group Lawyers for Liberty said more information was needed to determine why the Uighurs fled China. Another local rights group, Suaram, also urged Malaysia not to deport them.