Malaysia: Further information: Activists charged for peaceful picket

Five activists continue to face charges after participating in a peaceful picket against a hospital cleaning services company in June 2020. The picket drew attention to the alleged unfair treatment of union members and insufficient personal protective equipment for cleaners. Police arrested, detained and charged five activists for “unauthorised gathering”. An essential component of the right to association, no one should be prosecuted solely for a peaceful gathering. We therefore call on the Attorney General to repeal the case and drop all charges.

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