Malaysia Human Rights Report 2016

Malaysia Human Rights Report

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Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd
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 SUARAM’s Annual Human Rights Report on Malaysia is widely recognized as the most objective, comprehensive and dependable source of information on the state of human rights in Malaysia. It documents the human rights violations as well as the struggles of human rights defenders that take place in Malaysia during the year.

As a beleaguered government tried to deflect international criticisms of the 1MDB scandal throughout 2016, human rights violations have continued. Detention without trial remained an area of concern while police shootings saw an alarming increase. Freedom of expression was seriously constrained while the freedom of assembly has been usurped by neo-fascist groups with state connivance. The freedom of movement of some Malaysians has been taken away on federal and state government orders while the freedom of religion was under threat by a private member’s bill on hudud in parliament. Meanwhile, free and fair elections are seriously threatened by an on-going re-delineation exercise that reeks of gerrymandering and malapportionment. The LGBTIQ community remain under siege and harassment by state religious authorities, the indigenous peoples still suffer infringement of their native customary lands by state-sanctioned loggers while refugees and asylum seekers still live under threat of harassment by enforcement agencies.

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Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd
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Jun 7, 2017
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237
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9789671426333
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English
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Malaysian Human Rights Report 2017

SUARAM’s Annual Human Rights Report on Malaysia is widely recognized as the most objective, comprehensive and dependable source of information on the state of human rights in Malaysia. It documents the human rights violations of all the fundamental liberties as well as the struggles of human rights defenders that take place in Malaysia during the year.

 

In 2017, Malaysia struggled with growing repression as the 14th General Election approached. With the competition for political dominance, freedom of expression became the victim and there was widespread arrest, detention and prosecution for online comments made on social media, and the silencing of print and online media using frivolous justifications. Freedom of religion was another victim.

 

In the short five years since the abolition of the Internal Security Act 1960, the criminal justice system of Malaysia has re-oriented its policy on tackling crime by the use of detention without trial. With more than 2,000 individuals detained under SOSMA, POCA, POTA and DDA, it is clear that we are seeing the old ISA in a new guise.

 

Beyond the politically motivated human rights violations, corporations and state linked enterprises were also human rights violators. State agencies which are expected to defend and protect the rights and interests of the community, especially the indigenous peoples, instead acted as defenders of the corporate interests. With no justice or remedy in sight, all that the communities could do was to stand and defend their rights and dignity by setting up blockades against the repression…

Malaysian Human Rights Report 2017

SUARAM’s Annual Human Rights Report on Malaysia is widely recognized as the most objective, comprehensive and dependable source of information on the state of human rights in Malaysia. It documents the human rights violations of all the fundamental liberties as well as the struggles of human rights defenders that take place in Malaysia during the year.

 

In 2017, Malaysia struggled with growing repression as the 14th General Election approached. With the competition for political dominance, freedom of expression became the victim and there was widespread arrest, detention and prosecution for online comments made on social media, and the silencing of print and online media using frivolous justifications. Freedom of religion was another victim.

 

In the short five years since the abolition of the Internal Security Act 1960, the criminal justice system of Malaysia has re-oriented its policy on tackling crime by the use of detention without trial. With more than 2,000 individuals detained under SOSMA, POCA, POTA and DDA, it is clear that we are seeing the old ISA in a new guise.

 

Beyond the politically motivated human rights violations, corporations and state linked enterprises were also human rights violators. State agencies which are expected to defend and protect the rights and interests of the community, especially the indigenous peoples, instead acted as defenders of the corporate interests. With no justice or remedy in sight, all that the communities could do was to stand and defend their rights and dignity by setting up blockades against the repression…

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