1 Year of Arbitrary Detention of Anwar Ibrahim

For Immediate Release
10 February 2016

1 Year of Arbitrary Detention of Anwar Ibrahim

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the continued detention of Anwar Ibrahim and call for his immediate and unconditional release.

The arrest and detention of Anwar Ibrahim have been condemned globally by all quarters for a myriad of reasons that threaten to undermine the legal institution and human rights in Malaysia. The Government of Malaysia cannot in good conscience remain apathetic and deny all responsibility for the arrest and detention of Anwar Ibrahim.

The manner in which state control media have publicized and spin the case against Anwar Ibrahim and the Judiciary’s decision to accept evidence that have been tempered with in manners non-compliant with recognized standard operating procedures have cast a shadow of doubt in the legitimacy of the case against Anwar Ibrahim and reaffirmed the sentiment that his case was politically motivated and that the whole prosecution and detention was designed to weaken the opposition coalition in Malaysia.

The conclusion drawn by the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) in November 2015 in regards to the arrest and detention of Anwar Ibrahim clearly affirms this sentiment. Despite the conclusion by UNWGAD, the Government of Malaysia have wilfully chose to deny the findings and refused to take actions to address the injustice done against Anwar Ibrahim.

The callous manner in which the Government of Malaysia have responded to the finding by UNWGAD can only be interpreted as an act of denial and an effort to maintain the Government of Malaysia’s façade of compliance with international human rights norms and principles.

Once again, SUARAM reiterate its strongest condemnation for the arrest, prosecution and detention of Anwar Ibrahim and call for his immediate and unconditional release.

In solidarity,

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM