Press statement: 5th September 2012
Harassments against SUARAM:
An indication that the Government is Determined to Silent Critical Voices
SUARAM was informed that the Companies Commission of Malaysia (“CCM”) in their latest move, has served on our Company Secretary and auditors notices pursuant to S7C and S7D(1) of the Companies Act 1965 to search, seize and detain documents related to Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd.
We believe that the government and its agencies are on high gears with its campaign to intimidate and harass SUARAM in retaliation to our whistleblowing on the submarine scandal and we are being targeted solely as a result of our legitimate and peaceful work in defence of human rights in Malaysia.
This on-going political intimidation and harassment against SUARAM is a proof that the government is determined to silent critical voices. The world must view these worrying trends as a signal of a potentially broader crackdown against critical activists and human rights defenders in Malaysia.
We urge the government and its agencies to stop accusing human rights defenders of being extremists or agents of foreign powers as it perverts Malaysia’s duties and obligations as a member state of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Malaysia should instead embrace and uphold universal United Nations standards, such as the Declaration on Human Rights Defenders.