CARTOONIS ZUNAR ARRESTED: RELEASE HIM IMMEDIATELY!

URGENT APPEAL: 24 SEPTEMBER 2010

CARTOONIS ZUNAR ARRESTED: RELEASE HIM IMMEDIATELY!

Suaram strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque – better known as Zunar. The Police raided his office premises and seized about 70 copies of his latest book, Cartoon-o-phobia, due to be launched tonight. 10 police officers led by ASP Arikrishnan Apparau from the Brickfields police station raided the premises at about 4pm. Currently Zunar is being held in Brickfields police station and he is accompanied by human rights lawyer, Latheefa Koya. The reason of his arrest is still unclear.

We express our profound disappointment over the abuse of powers by the police and for their ongoing attacks and intimidation on freedom of expression, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. We demand the police to release Zunar immediately and without any conditions.

Background

Cartoon-o-phobia features a collection of political cartoons that have appeared on the Malaysiakini website as well as unpublished cartoons and fresh artworks.

Urgent Action Needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression.

Please call and send your protest letters to:

1. Inspector-General of Police

Tan Sri Ismail Omar,
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613

2. YB Hishamuddin Hussein,

Home Minister,Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D
Pusat Pentadbiran
Kerajaan Persekutuan
62546 Putrajaya

Tel: 03 8886 8000
Fax: 03-88891613/03-88891610

SAMPLE LETTER

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Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Ismail Omar,
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613

Dear Sir,

Re: Release Zunar Immediately!

We are writing to you once again to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression.

We are appalled by your government and the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom to express their views.

We demand that Zunar to be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression.

We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

Yours sincerely,

[Name]

Urgent Appeal Released by,

Nalini Elumalai,

SUARAM Coordinator