Addressing the Council session in Geneva, Nalini Elumalai complains about severe restrictions on freedom of assembly imposed by the Malaysian government.
The passage of the highly restrictive Peaceful Assembly Bill by the Senate on 20 December 2011 over the strong opposition of civil society and lawyers casts serious doubt over the government’s sincerity of its announced intention to implement reforms to ensure greater enjoyment of civil liberties for Malaysians, said the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) on 21 December.
Doubts over Prime Minister Najib’s commitment to democratic reform have intensified with this week’s passing of the “ironically” named Peaceful Assembly Bill, writes Anil Netto.
The much-heralded reforms promised by Najib to bring us into a new era of liberalism has exploded in the face of the rakyat as a sham, a shameful promise.
Given the more restrictive features of the newly proposed Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011, Aliran calls on the government to withdraw the undemocratic bill unconditionally from the current Parliamentary session.