End All Political Prosecution and Persecution!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s stance on the detention of Anwar Ibrahim and fully supports the call for the Government of Malaysia to release Anwar Ibrahim and the reinstate all of his political rights that was denied following his conviction.

Arbitrary detention of any individual should not be the norm of any states and government irrespective of their political ideology and must not be the tool for government to suppress political dissidence. The idea where a person’s right to liberty and security of person can be compromised thus based on the whim of those in power is highly unconscionable and must be condemned and stopped whenever possible.

Recalling the politically motivated arrests and prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim, Khairuddin Abu Hassan, Mathias Chang and many more, SUARAM call for the Government of Malaysia to immediately release all political detainees and ensure that these cases would be the last in Malaysia. To achieve this, the Government of Malaysia MUST take sincere steps in repealing ALL laws that permits detention without trials and other repressive laws such as the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, the Sedition Act 1948 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and ensure that all those that have been detained under the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015, Prevention of Crime Act 1959 and Dangerous Drug (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 have a chance to stand trial in a court of law without further delay and detention.

On this note, SUARAM calls for the immediate release of all political detainees, including but not limited to Anwar Ibrahim and drop all politically motivated charges against politicians and human rights defender including but not limited to Sivarasa Rasiah, Zunar, Maria Chin, Azmi Sharom, Khalid Ismath, Eric Paulsen, Jannie Lasimbang, Adam Adli and Lena Hendry.

SUARAM also demand that the Government of Malaysia provide a fair and transparent trial for all those accused of a crime under the repressive laws mentioned above and take positive step in repealing these laws and replace them with laws that are in line with the democratic principles enshrined in Malaysia’s Federal Constitution.

Failure to do so would only condemn Malaysia as an authoritarian states in the eyes of our peers on the international stage and irreparably ruin our image as a democratic country.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director

Systematic Violations of Human Rights & Selective Prosecution of Civil Activists

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the prosecution of Maria Chin under Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, the right to peaceful assembly must be provided for so far as possible. In light of this enshrined right, the existence of the need for an official notice for any peaceful assembly as required by the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 is highly peculiar by nature. The earlier decision by the Court of Appeal in 2014 which challenged the constitutionality of Section 9(5) of the Act should have been the conclusion of the matter. Unfortunately, that was not the case.

Despite the contrary interpretation of Section 9(5) of the Act in the recent Court of Appeal case, it is illogical and unjustifiable for any charge to be made against Maria Chin in regards to the Bersih 4 Rally. In light of the fact that the required notice is given to the Royal Malaysian Police, there is no legitimate justification for Maria Chin to be charged under Section 9(5) of the Act.

Any charges levelled against Maria Chin under Section 9(5) of the Act is either frivolous in nature or a despicable act of moving the goal post in an attempt to subvert the legal system of Malaysia in order to prosecute vocal civil right activists in Malaysia. Either way, the charges made against Maria Chin is a clear abuse of power by the Government of Malaysia.

Recalling the series of violations of human rights by the Government of Malaysia and the series unfortunate decision by the Federal Court of Malaysia, it is clear that the Government of Malaysia is neither interested nor sincere in improving the poor human rights record achieved under the guidance of the current Prime Minister.

On this note, SUARAM calls for the Government of Malaysia to immediately cease and desists on undue and unjust prosecution of Maria Chin and all other civil rights activists and comply with the rights and liberty guaranteed to all Malaysians under the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director