SUARAM INTERN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING UP BERSIH 3.0 POSTER

 

20 APRIL 2012
URGENT APPEAL: SUARAM INTERN HAS BEEN ARRESTED FOR PUTTING UP BERSIH 3.0 POSTER
Tan Hong Kai, SUARAM Intern was arrested for allegedly trespassing while putting up BERSIH 3.0 (Coalition for Clean and Fair Election)  posters in USM (University Science Malaysia). Tan Hong Kai, the first to be detained by the police since BERSIH 3.0 announced the sit and protest for Free and Fair election on 28th April 2012. He was detained at Sungai Nibong police station on 20th April, since 415am. Now he has been brought to IPD Timur Laut.
SUARAM condemns the police and  demand to release Tan Hong Kai immediately.
Malaysia has already an atrocious international record on democracy and human rights and it should not join the ranks of rogue countries universally regarded as most notorious and infamous for their reckless disregard for the most basic human rights – human dignity and life.Released by,
Nalini.E
Executive Director
SUARAM
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 police to release Tan Hong Kai immediately.
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SAMPLE LETTER
[Letterhead of your organisation]
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 Tan Hong Kai Now!
 
We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown in Malaysia.
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 before the BERSIH 3.0 sit and protest on 28th April 2012, 2pm at Dataran Merdeka (Merdeka Square).  We demand the government to release Tan Hong Kai  immediately and without any conditions. We also demand the police stop their intimidations and harassment against the detainee.
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]
Cc To:
1.      OCPD gan Kong Meng
Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Timur Laut,
Polis Diraja Malaysia
Penang.
(O) 04-218 1822
(F) 04-228 6503
2.      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
3.      Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin bin Tun Hussein
Minister of Home Affairs Malaysia
Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D
Pusat Pentadbiran
Kerajaan Persekutuan
62546 Putrajaya
4.      Chairman,
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
5.      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
Switzerland
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
Email: freedex@ohchr.or
6.      Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,
Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Email: defenders@ohchr.orgurgentaction@ohchr.org
 
 
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,
Switzerland.
Tel:  +41 (0) 229289673
Fax: +41 (0) 22928 9018



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