UN rights office ‘disappointed’ to see Anwar’s prison sentence upheld

0
620
Anwar embraces Wan Azizah after the Federal Court verdict on 10 February 2015

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said yesterday that it is disappointed that Malaysia’s Federal Court ruled to uphold the imprisonment of opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar embraces Wan Azizah after the Federal Court verdict on 10 February 2015
Anwar embraces Wan Azizah after the Federal Court verdict on 10 February 2015

The Federal Court agreed with a decision made by the Appeals Court in March 2014, which sentenced Anwar to five years in prison on charges of sodomy, a crime that should not exist under international human rights law, said the High Commissioner’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, briefing press in Geneva.

Colville said Anwar had faced a number of charges and lengthy judicial processes after removal from the Government in 1998.

“There were allegations that that case had been politically motivated and the trial marred by violations of due process rights in relation to the opportunities provided to the defence, raising concerns about the fairness of the judicial process,” said Colville. “In addition, Mr. Ibrahim had been investigated and his lawyers prosecuted under the 1948 Sedition Act for speaking about the case.”

Colville added that OHCHR was highly concerned by the increasing use of the Sedition Act in “an apparently arbitrary and selective fashion,” against political opposition, human rights activists, journalists, lawyers and university professors in Malaysia since 2014.

Source: UN News Centre

Thanks for dropping by! Apart from the views expressed in Aliran's media statements and the NGO statements we have endorsed, the opinions in other pieces published here do not necessarily reflect Aliran's official position.

Our voluntary writers work hard to keep these articles free for all to read. But we do need funds to support our struggle for Justice, Freedom and Solidarity. To maintain our editorial independence, we do not carry any advertisements; nor do we accept funding from dubious sources. If everyone reading this was to make a donation, our fundraising target for the year would be achieved within a week. So please consider making a donation of whatever amount you can afford to sustain Aliran. Please make payments to Persatuan Aliran Kesedaran Negara, CIMB Bank account number 8004240948.

And why not become an Aliran member or subscribe to our FREE newsletters.

Join the conversation

avatar
750
  Subscribe  
Notify of