Malaysia: Mass arrest of peaceful protesters shows shrinking space for human rights defenders »

Malaysia: Mass arrest of peaceful protesters shows shrinking space for human rights defenders

Today’s arrest of 19 people involved in a peaceful protest against the demolition of a historical village in Malaysia shows once again how the country’s authorities are taking a hard line against human rights defenders, Amnesty International said. “If any more evidence was needed that the Malaysian authorities are restricting the space for human rights […]

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part III) »

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part III)

The government appealed a 2011 Kuala Lumpur High Court ruling that a “license to publish is a right, not a privilege,” therefore requiring review of the government’s “improper and irrational” unwillingness to issue a license to the largest on-line newspaper, Malaysiakini, to publish a daily print edition. An amendment to the Evidence Act provides that computer […]

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part II) »

Malaysia: Backsliding on Rights (Part II)

Government harassment of human rights defenders continued in 2012, Human Rights Watch said. In response to spurious allegations by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia, an organization with close ties to Malaysia’s leaders, the government pursued a politically motivated investigation of Suaram, a leading Malaysian human rights organization in operation since 1989. At least six government agencies are […]

Malaysia: Security Bill Threatens Basic Liberties »

Malaysia: Security Bill Threatens Basic Liberties

BANGKOK/11 April 2012–The government of Malaysia’s proposed law to replace the infamous Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960 opens the door to a range of future abuses, Human Rights Watch said today. On April 10, 2012, the government submitted the Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012 to parliament, where quick ratification is expected. The administration […]

Malaysian IMT calls on Zambo mayor »

Malaysian IMT calls on Zambo mayor

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines/2 March 2012 by Richard Aliangan—The  International Monitoring Team (IMT) from Malaysia Thursday afternoon met with Mayor Celso Lobregat, as it culminates its stint as international truce observer based in Zamboanga City. The team, led by Capt. Khalid Bin Jaafar exchanged views covering various with Mayor Lobregat. Other members of the team were […]

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