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Malaysia: Politically Motivated Prosecutions Against Human Rights Defenders Must Stop

Malaysia continues its vicious crackdown on dissent through the selective prosecution of outspoken activists. The latest instance is the trial, conviction and sentencing of Lena Hendry, a Malaysian woman human rights defender who was found guilty under the Film Censorship Act and fined RM 10,000 ($USD 2,260) by the Kuala Lumpur Magistrates Court on 22 March 2017 for screening a film on alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Sri Lanka.

Date:
23 March 2017
Ref:
ASA 28/5939/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Women and Girls

Southeast Asia: As governments fail on human rights, women stand up

As the world marks International Women’s Day, Amnesty International recognizes the work of six distinguished women human rights activists who have faced harassment, threats, imprisonment, and violence for standing up for human rights in the region. “In Southeast Asia, there are few governments who can be proud of their human rights records, but there are countless women across the region who have braved great dangers to take a stand against injustice,” said Champa Patel, Amnesty International’s Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
7 March 2017
  • Research
  • Malaysia
  • Death Penalty

Malaysia: Decisive action against death penalty needed after second pardon announced in a month

Amnesty International has today urged the Malaysian authorities to take prompt action to halt all executions and to abolish the death penalty, following the announcement – the second in less than a month − that a man on death row has been pardoned. News of the commutation of the death sentence imposed on Shahrul Izani bin Suparman is welcome, but is in stark contrast with brothers Suthar Batumalai and B.

Date:
1 March 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/5802/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Human Rights Defenders and Activists

Time for ASEAN to take human rights seriously

This year, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) marks 50 years of its existence. The region is a source of envy when it comes to economic progress, boasting the highest levels of economic growth seen anywhere outside China and India. But when it comes to human rights, there’s been a marked regression. Over the past year, as Amnesty International documents in its Annual Report, they have rivalled each other when it comes to invoking crude, draconian laws to restrict people’s rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

Date:
25 February 2017
  • Research
  • Malaysia
  • Unlawful Killings

Malaysia: End impunity for unlawful deaths in custody

The Malaysian authorities must immediately order an independent and impartial investigation into the recent death of a 44 year old man in police custody and address the alarming number of deaths in detention and the lack of adequate investigations into possible human rights violations involved in such. At stake are two of the key human rights, which are non-derogable under international human rights law, namely the right to life and freedom from torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Date:
15 February 2017
Ref:
ASA 28/5698/2017
  • News
  • Malaysia
  • Detention

Malaysia: Continued persecution of Anwar Ibrahim symbolizes crackdown on human rights

On the second anniversary of the politically-motivated conviction of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, Amnesty International calls for his immediate and unconditional release. “The ongoing political persecution of Anwar Ibrahim is symbolic of Malaysia’s crackdown on human rights. He has unjustifiably spent the past two years behind bars on trumped-up charges intended to silence him and end his political career,” said Josef Benedict, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Date:
10 February 2017
  • Research
  • Malaysia
  • Death Penalty

Malaysia: Commutation of death sentence must lead to a moratorium on further executions

Amnesty International has received information indicating that the King of Malaysia commuted the death sentence imposed on Nigerian national Osariakhi Ernest Obayangbon, whose execution had been scheduled for the early hours of 14 March 2014. Amnesty International was notified about the execution just over 24 hours before it was due to take place and immediately began campaigning on his behalf. The organization encourages the Malaysian government to build on this positive development and immediately establish a moratorium on all executions.

Date:
9 February 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/5656/2017