To promise an amnesty and then to back-track and break those promises does not forge greater trust in the authorities, remarks Angeline Loh.
The government of Malaysia’s proposed law to replace the infamous Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960 opens the door to a range of future abuses, Human Rights Watch has said.
Tenaganita reports it has just received information that about 33 Chin refugees, including women and children, were arrested in Alor Star on 24 February 2012.
The Malaysian government must halt detentions under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA), Amnesty International said on 17 November, after the authorities said they had used the law to detain 13 people this week.
A poem by Dr Nasir Hashim written after the detention of six PSM activists under the Emergency Ordinance. (The six were subsequently released and now face charges in court in October 2011).
Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and the rest of the PSM 6 were released at 5.30pm today. A couple of hours before they were released, Aliran had issued the following statement.
Aliran is gravely concerned to hear that MP Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj, one of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia 6 who have been unjustly and unjustifiably held in detention under the Emergency Ordinance, has decided to go on hunger strike.
The New York-based Human Rights Watch welcomes the Australian government’s support for the recommendation by Sweden to safeguard the rights of refugees and asylum seekers. However, the group remains deeply concerned that while Australia claims to protect these rights, the government’s current and prospective policies and practices may in fact run afoul of Australia’s international obligations.
Human Rights Watch commends the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) for its incisive critique of conditions in Malaysia and urges Malaysia to promptly implement the recommendations of the WGAD.
Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) are astonished to learn of the latest arrest under the infamous Internal Security Act (ISA) in the midst of Government talks on amending the Act. GMI condemns the new arrest under the ISA.