HRW: Rafizi Ramli’s OSA prosecution shocking

Rafizi Ramli - Photograph: Keadilan Daily

Malaysia should cease using the Official Secrets Act to intimidate and persecute those demanding the government take responsibility for its actions, says Phil Robertson.

It’s shocking that the Malaysia government is prosecuting Rafizi Ramli for revealing a page of this year’s Auditor General’s report, which contains information on government performance that should be made publicly available and debated in Parliament rather than locked away under the Official Secrets Act.

By criminalising Rafizi’s act, the Malaysia government is putting another nail in the coffin of government transparency and accountability, and clearly violating his Rafizi’s rights.

Malaysia needs to revise the Official Secrets Act to bring in into compliance with international human rights standards, and cease using this law to intimidate and persecute those demanding the government take responsibility for its actions.

Phil Robertson is deputy director of the Asia division of Human Rights Watch.

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