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Malaysia: Further information on legal concern / possible prolonged detention without trial / possible prisoners of conscience

, رقم الوثيقة: ASA 28/010/1996

Ibrahim Mohamad, Sabri Abdul Rani, Nasiruddin Ali, Fakhruddin Al-Razi Abdullah; new names: Pahrol bin Mohd Juoi, Khatijah Aam (f), Nizammudin Ashaari, Jaafar Ahmad, Hashim Ahmad, Haji Mohd Salim Omar, Hashim Jaafar, Hashim Muhammad, Azura Mohd Yusof (f), Fakhrurrazi Ashaari, Tengku Noriah Binti Tengku Abdullah (f), Dr Mandur bin Mohd Nur, Mohammad Abu Bakar, Sheikh Abdul Rahim: A further 14 former members of the banned Al Arqam Islamic sect have been detained, bringing to 18 the total number held without charge or trial under the Internal Security Act. The group, including three women, one of whom was arrested with her six-month-old baby, have all been detained in connection with alleged attempts to revive the sect. Two of the women are wives of Ashaari Muhammad, the former leader of the sect.

EXTERNAL AI Index: ASA 28/10/96
28 June 1996
Further information on UA 127/96 (ASA 28/08/96, 22 May 1996) - Legal Concern
/ Possible Prolonged Detention without trial / Possible Prisoners of Conscience
MALAYSIAIbrahim Mohamad
Sabri Abdul Rani
Nasiruddin Ali
Fakhruddin Al-Rozi Abdullah
New names: Pahrol bin Mohd Juoi
Khatijah Aam (f)
Nizammudin Ashaari
Jaafar Ahmad
Hashim Ahmad
Haji Mohd Salim Omar
Hashim Jaafar
Hashim Muhammad
Azura Mohd Yusof (f)
Fakhrurrazi Ashaari
Tengku Noriah Binti Tengku Abdullah (f)
Dr Mandur bin Mohd Nur
Mohammad Abu Bakar
Sheikh Abdul Rahim
A further 14 former members of the banned Al Arqam Islamic sect have been detained
between 4 and 16 June, bringing to 18 the total number held without charge
or trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA). The group, including three
women, one of whom was arrested with her six-month-old baby, have all been
detained in connection with alleged attempts to revive the sect. Two of the
women are wives of Ashaari Muhammad, the former leader of the sect. Other
members of Ashaari Muhammad's family are also said to be included in the group.
Ashaari Muhammad himself is still living under a restricted residence order
after being detained under the ISA during the 1994 crackdown on the Al Arqam.
He recently stated publicly that he has no intention of reviving the sect.
A number of those who have been arrested were also held under the ISA in 1994
and were subsequently placed under restricted residence orders.
The Malaysian authorities have recently directed all state religious
authorities to monitor the activities of all former Al Arqam members in the
country. The authorities have also announced that about 500 former Al Arqam
leaders would be required to attend "rehabilitation courses" again despite
having already done so following the 1994 ban. According to press reports,
the second phase of this "rehabilitation programme" will "test the sincerity"
of the movement's members and try to convince them to return to the true akidah
(faith).
Amnesty International remains concerned that the detainees are being held for
the peaceful expression of their religious beliefs. The organization calls
on the Malaysian Government either to charge them with a recognizable criminal
offence or to release them immediately and unconditionally.
FURTHER RECOMMENDED ACTION: Please send telegrams/telexes/faxes/express/
airmail letters in English, Bahasa Malaysia or in your own language:
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- expressing concern at the detention without charge or trial of 18 former
members of Al Arqam;
- urging that the group be charged with a recognizable criminal offence or
immediately and unconditionally released;
- urging the government to allow all former Al Arqam members their freedom
of religion and freedom of expression as set out in the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights;
- calling for a review of the Internal Security Act so that the rights of the
individual and the rights of the community can be balanced through courts of
law and not through Executive action.
APPEALS TO:
Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs
Dato' Seri Dr Mahathir bin Mohamad
Prime Minister's Department
Jalan Dato' Onn
50502 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faxes: +603 298 4172
Telegrams: Prime Minister Mahathir, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Salutation: Dear Prime Minister
COPIES TO:
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs
Datuk Megat Junid Megat Ayub
Jalan Dato' Onn
50502 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Faxes: + 60 3 230 1051
and to diplomatic representatives of Malaysia accredited to your country.
PLEASE SEND APPEALS IMMEDIATELY. Check with the International Secretariat,
or your section office, if sending appeals after 17 August 1996.

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