For Immediate Release
19 December 2016
STOP CAMPAIGN OF INTIMIDATION AGAINST ZUNAR!
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the arrest of Zulkiflee Anwar Haque, better known as Zunar at his fundraising event at KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall on the 18th December 2016.
The arrest of Zunar and the confiscation of his cartoon and artwork over the weekend can only be described as an act intimidation that is targeted to silence freedom of expression and punish those who publicly express their dissent and dissatisfaction with the current state of governance.
At this juncture, it is clear that the Malaysian Government through its agents are on a campaign of intimidation against Zunar and freedom of expression. As of December 2016, Zunar has been subjected to 9 charges under the Sedition Act 1948; attacked and assaulted by members of the ruling party; had his work confiscated and banned by the Malaysian Government; and repeatedly arrest and detained by the Royal Malaysian Police.
SUARAM would like to remind the Malaysian Government and all its agents of the state’s obligation to protect the right to freedom of expression under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution and Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and call for all state sanctioned harassment against Zunar to be stopped immediately!
SUARAM also like to remind the Malaysian Government of its promise to abolish the Sedition Act 1948 and call for the immediate abolishment of the repressive Act that continues to shackle the voice of the Malaysian people.