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Southeast Asia and the Pacific: James Gomez joins Amnesty International as new Regional Director

Amnesty International is pleased to announce the appointment of James Gomez as the human rights organization’s Regional Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific. The appointment underscores Amnesty International’s commitment to the region, moving closer to the ground to ensure a more impactful presence where human rights abuses are taking place. “Across Southeast Asia and the Pacific, people are facing a relentless assault on their rights, Amnesty International is mounting a robust response to drive change on the ground,” said Minar Pimple, Amnesty International’s Senior Director of Global Operations.

Date:
15 June 2017
  • News
  • Malaysia
  • Torture and other ill-treatment

Malaysia: Extradition puts three Turkish men at risk of torture

Responding to the extradition of three Turkish men suspected of links to Turkey’s Gülen movement, who had been arbitrarily detained under SOSMA, Malaysia’s draconian security law, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Josef Benedict, said: “By sending these three men suspected of links to Fethullah Gülen back to Turkey, the Malaysian authorities have put their liberty and well-being at risk.

Date:
12 May 2017
  • Research
  • Malaysia
  • Death Penalty

Malaysia: Decision to review mandatory death penalty for drug trafficking must be first step towards wider reform

On 23 March 2017 Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and de facto Law Minister Azalina Othman Said stated in response to a parliamentary question that the cabinet had tasked the Attorney General with the preparation of amendments to the Dangerous Drugs Act, 1952. Amnesty International welcomes the decision to move forward with the reforms, first announced in October 2012. However, while the move could result in a significant reduction in the use of the death penalty, the Malaysian authorities should not limit reform to drug trafficking offences or the mandatory death penalty.

Date:
3 April 2017
Ref:
ACT 50/6004/2017
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  • Asia and The Pacific
  • Censorship and Free Speech

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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  • 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