URGENT APPEAL: 26 JUNE 2011
RELEASE THEM NOW: 30 ACTIVISTS FROM PSM INCLUDING TWO MINOR’S CHARGED UNDER THE SECTION 122 OF PENAL CODE
30 Activists from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) including two minors have been charged under the Section 122 of Penal Code and they were remanded for 7 days for practicing their freedom of expression.
They group were arrested on the 25th June at the kepala Batas while they were distributing leaflets to inform the public that BN had to be removed after 54 years of alleged misrule and the pitfall of returning BN to power in the 13 general election. However the convoys from the Northern and southern Malaysia faced police obstructions in the form of road blocks and harassment’s.
SUARAM only manage to get 27 names. They are:
1. Raveendran veerasenan
2. Thiviya kumar
6. Sok Sok hwa
11. Wong mei yong
14. Unknown Chinese lady
15. Unknown Indian lady
20. Ravindran Munusamy
21. Choo Chon kai
23. Sarat babu
27. Selvam (bus driver)
The police said they are probing an alleged attempt by the PSM Activists to revive communism and are investigating 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jayakumar for “waging war against the Yang DiPertuan Agong.” This is believed to be very serious allegation against the human rights defenders.
SUARAM strongly condemns 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. SUARAM calls the government to immediately release and withdrew charges against all those arrested. We are very concern about the two minors who has not been given proper legal assistance and welfare officers. In addition, the police have violated Section 19(5) of the Child Act (CA) by failing to notify the Welfare Department of the arrest and subsequent custody of the three children in order to appoint a Welfare Officer to attend to this matter. This is despicable and amounts to a breach of their administrative duty.
We demand the Malaysian government to stop all the intimidation and release all those detained immediately and allow the Malaysian people to exercise their freedom of expression as stated in the Federal Constitution.
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 release all the Activists to continue and respect the freedom of expression as stated in Article 10 of Federal Constitution.
[Letterhead of your organisation]
1. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Prime Minister’s Office,
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502 Putrajaya , MALAYSIA
Tel: 603-8888 8000
Fax: 603-8888 3444
E-Mail: [email protected]
Re: Release all those detained 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 on-going 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 further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression and release all those 30 Activists immediately.
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. 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. Tan Sri Hasmy Agam,
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
Email: [email protected]
4. Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,
Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Email: [email protected], [email protected]
5. 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]