UN high commissioner slams Malaysia’s ‘democratic malaise’

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - Photograph: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued the following statement of concern at the UN Human Rights Council’s 31st session on 10 March 2016.

In Malaysia, democratic space continues to be limited, with the government applying “sedition” and other charges to an ever-widening circle of journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents and critical voices.

The enactment of the Prevention of Terrorist Act and the National Security Council Act, without proper human rights safeguards, and without transparent and consultative process, is also a matter of concern.

The imprisonment of a former opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim – whose detention has been ruled arbitrary by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – is emblematic of a broader democratic malaise.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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12 Mar 2016 11.22pm

anwar ibrahim went to trial n got convicted based on facts n evidence… does this UN High Commissioner “trying” to tell me that anwar was setup? by the way, which country would this UN High Commissioner dare say have “proper human rights safeguards”, “transparent and consultative process”? please, do tell.

12 Mar 2016 9.27am

does #mugabe care?

Shi Ming Ke
Shi Ming Ke
11 Mar 2016 11.15pm

Start speaking when the UN itself is democratic.