Reinstate moratorium, stop persecution of human rights defenders

0
101

The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ), Malaysia calls for the urgent reinstatement of the moratorium on the Sedition Act, its immediate repeal and a stronger visible commitment by the Pakatan Harapan government to the reform agenda upon which it was elected.

We are appalled to hear that Sevan Doraisamy, executive director of human rights organisation Suaram, was among the first to be called in for questioning once the moratorium was lifted.

Sevan was quoted as saying that he was most likely being questioned in relation to a solidarity event organised to protest against the investigation of human rights lawyer and activist Fadiah Nadwa Fikri. Fadiah had also been called in for questioning. Police, however, did not inform Sevan of the reason for the investigation.

As the CIJ has repeatedly said, the Sedition Act is a colonial-era law which needs to be repealed. It was designed to prevent legitimate discussion about national institutions and these selective investigations illustrate the dangers that it poses.

We call on the Pakatan Harapan government to show that the reform agenda is not dying, that it remains committed to governance based on freedom of expression, freedom of information and respect for universal human rights.

Sonia Randhawa is director of the Centre for Independent Journalism.

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