We agree! Now stop the record breaking persecution of human rights defenders!

For immediate release
28th November 2015

We agree! Now stop the record breaking persecution of human rights defenders!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) applauds the decision by the Government of Malaysia to vote in favour for the United Nations General Assembly resolution on the protection of human rights defenders[1]. By voting in favour for the resolution, the Government of Malaysia is obliged to ensure that the resolution is put into practice in Malaysia.

Recalling the rapidly declining state of affairs in regards to human rights in Malaysia within the last few years and the prosecution of human rights defenders such as Adam Adli (sedition), Arutchelvan (sedition), Eric Paulsen (sedition), Jannie Lasimbang (PAA), Khalid Ismath (sedition and CMA), Lena Hendry (Film Censorship Act), Maria Chin (PAA), Zunar (sedition) and countless others, it is of paramount importance for the Government of Malaysia to act in a manner that reflects the stance they have adopted in the United Nations General Assembly.

If the Government of Malaysia fails to honour the obligations it has undertaken by voting in affirmation, there would undoubtedly be severe repercussion against the Government of Malaysia and jeopardize the time dedicated by the Prime Minister in improving Malaysia’s international standing.

On this note, SUARAM calls for the Government of Malaysia to:

  1. Drop all criminal and civil charges against human rights defenders in Malaysia;
  2. Repeal the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the Sedition Act 1948, The Communications and Multimedia Act 1948, and all other legislations that are recognized as incompatible with recognized international human rights;
  3. Establish a moratorium on the use of such provisions; and
  4. Take action against the head government agencies that are actively violating human rights in Malaysia
In Solidarity,
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director

The full text of the resolution can be found at: http://daccess-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/LTD/N09/611/58/PDF/N0961158.pdf?OpenElement

[1] Full Title of Resolution: Declaration on the Right and Responsibility of Individuals, Groups and Organs of Society to Promote and Protect Universally Recognized Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms