1 Dec 2011
On 29 November 2011, the lower house of the Malaysian Parliament approved a Peaceful Assembly Bill. This Bill will severely effect the right of human rights defenders (HRDs) to exercise peaceful assembly to campaign for human rights. The Bill will be reviewed by the Senate on 7 December 2011.
29 Nov 2011
Major Amendments Needed to Peaceful Assembly Bill (New York, November 29, 2011) – The Malaysian authorities should allow the Malaysian Bar Council’s march to parliament to proceed without disturbance from police or counter-protesters, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to Prime Minister Najib Razak. The council plans to deliver a written statement urging amendments to the government’s recently proposed Peaceful Assembly Bill.
22 Nov 2011
Detention of 13 a Step Back for Reform (New York, November 21, 2011) – The Malaysian government’s detention of 13 people under the Internal Security Act (ISA) contradicts Prime Minister Najib Razak’s pledge in September 2011 to repeal the abusive law and is a setback for reform, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to the prime minister.
9 Nov 2011
Ensure Right of All Malaysians to Freedom of Association, Expression (New York, November 9, 2011) – The Malaysian government should immediately rescind a police-imposed ban on the fourth annual Seksualiti Merdeka festival and adopt measures to protect all Malaysians from discrimination, Human Rights Watch said today in a
28 Oct 2011
We, the undersigned 107 organizations, groups and networks are disturbed that the Malaysian government has proceeded to table, and get it passed speedily on 6/10/2011 at the Dewan Rakyat (House of Representative) the Employment (Amendment) Bill 2011 despite protests from workers, trade unions and civil society. The proposed changes to the Employment Act would be most detrimental to worker rights, trade unions and the existing just direct 2-party employment relationship between worker and end-user (the principal). Malaysia’s action goes contrary to justice.
25 Oct 2011
We, the undersigned Malaysian academics and researchers, as well as colleagues from other countries researching on Malaysia, wish to record our serious concern and objection to the recent actions taken against Professor Abdul Aziz Bari of the International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM).
6 Aug 2011
On a small island, out of sight and out of mind, some 2,600 kilometres northwest of the Australian coast, thousands of refugees have been held behind barbed wire in a high-security detention centre while their asylum applications are being processed.
12 Jul 2011
Tens of thousands of people from all corners of society gathered in central Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, July 9, to join the Bersih 2.0 march for clean and fair elections, despite the State’s mass arrests and threats that have been issued on a daily basis leading up to the rally. The democracy protestors were met with tear gas, water cannon and police violence.
2 Jul 2011
On July 1, students, activists and press gathered outside the Malaysian Embassy, Bangkok, in response to the Malaysian Government’s arrest of more than a hundred members of the coalition network Bersih 2.0 consisting of various Malaysian human rights organizations campaigning for reforms in the electoral system.
25 Jun 2011
At least eight Malaysian opposition activists were arrested yesterday in the run-up to a nation-wide rally in July 9.
24 Jun 2011
Human rights defender Mr Charles Hector Fernandez is facing trial on 28-29 June 2011 for allegedly defaming Japanese-owned company Asahi Kosei (M) Shd. Bhd in Selangor, Malaysia. As the trial date is nearing, the Court has handed down a decision dated 11 April 2011 which appears to have concluded that that the defendant is guilty. Charles Hector Fernandez is a well-known human rights defender and lawyer who has represented workers and migrants for many years.
18 Apr 2011
The Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ) Malaysia regrets the guilty verdict delivered on 14 April 2011 against National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Malaysia president, Mohamed Ha’ta Wahari, for allegedly tarnishing his employer’s image and revealing their “secrets”.