Malaysia: Human rights defender faces trial

There is concern at the forthcoming trial of Irene Fernandez, the Director of Tenaganita, a women’s non-governmental organization based in Kuala Lumpur. She was arrested on 18 March 1996 and charged with publishing “false news” in a report on alleged human rights violations in camps for detained migrants. She is currently on bail awaiting trial, which is scheduled to take place from 10 to 14 June 1996. Amnesty International is calling for all charges against her to be dropped, and is urging the authorities to address the findings of Tenaganita’s report by establishing an independent public inquiry.

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