URGENT APPEAL: 25 JUNE 2011
POLICE HAVE ARRESTED 28 ACTIVISTS WHILE LEAFLETING
AT TANGKAK, MUAR JOHOR!
Today police from the IPD Lenang,Tangkak have arrested 28 Activists from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) for leafleting. Apparently the police are also trying to arrest publics that holding the leaflets that have been distributed. Before that, the police already stop and checking their bus at Tangkak but after that the police arrested whole participants.
The previous intimidation and arrested was happened on 24 June which 6 activist was arrested at Kuang, Johor and stopped the team from leafleting in Nusa Jaya ,Johor in the same day. Besides that, police also arrested the north teams activists at Seberang Perai Utara ,Pulau Penang today afternoon.28 of them still under arrest until now.
SUARAM strongly condemns the arrest and the police for their on-going 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 Malaysian government and the police to release all those arrested immediately and to allow the Activists to continue leafleting and exercise their freedom of expression as stated in the Federal Constitution.
Yap Heng Lung
PSM has launched the Udahlah BN Bersaralah (Enough BN, Retire Now) campaign Phase 1 today at Johor and Perak from 24 to June 26, 2011. The campaign is to promote national awareness to ask people to make bold changes to make a difference in the upcoming elections. In addition, PSM will also ask people to join Bersih 2.0 Assembly on July 9th, 2011; demanding clean and democratic elections.
The team in Johor which has been centralised in Nusa Jaya has been stopped since 8am in the morning and they were not allowed to do leafleting. The police kept intimidating the Activists by claiming that the campaign material contained seditious statements and if they proceed with the leafleting the police will not hesitate to arrest them.
The campaign is also aime at exposing the corruption which has grown worse, growing gap between the rich and poor, increasing racial tension and deteriorating condition of democracy in Malaysia. Campaign Phase 1 Udahlah BN Bersaralah will see a campaign that begins in both Perlis and Johor. The campaign from the North will explore some of the rural areas and towns towards the state of Kedah, Penang, and ends in Perak.The Southern campaign will explore the State of Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and ending in Kota Damansara, Selangor.
The campaign will also involve Pakatan Rakyat parties, community groups and NGO Committee. The second phase of the campaign will include the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is estimated that about 80 people, including Activists, PSM members and community members will participate in this campaign which will be mobilized by using the bus.
What can you do?
Urgent action needed:
Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the on-going denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow the Activists to continue their campaign and allow them to practice their freedom of expression as stated in Federal Constitution
[Letterhead of your organisation]
Re: Allow the Campaign and Stop on- going crackdown on Freedom of Expression
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 the police and the government to release all those arrested and to allow the campaign without any further intimidation. 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.
1. OCPD Harun
Jalan Paya Mas,
84900 Tangkak, Muar, Johor.
2. Tan Sri Hasmy Agam,
Chairman Malaysian Human Rights Commission,
Level 11, Menara TH Perdana,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 26125600
Fax: 03 26125620
3. Mr. Frank La Rue
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
4. Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,
Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
6. Christine Chung,
Human Rights Officer,
Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights,
Asia Pacific Section, Asia Pacific and Middle East Branch,
Field Operation & Technical Cooperation,
OHCHR- Palais Wilson,
United Nationas Office at Geneva,
CH-1211 Geneva 10,
Tel: +41 (0) 229289673
Fax: +41 (0) 22928 9018
Email: [email protected]