Malaysia

Malaysia: Anti-Fake News Bill is a form of suppression of rights to freedom of expression, opinion and press freedom
4 April 2018 11:54 am

(Bangkok, 4 April 2018) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the decision of both Houses of the Parliament to pass the Anti-Fake News Bill 2018 yesterday. The Bill, which was proposed by the Government of Malaysia to the Lower House of the Parliament on 26 March 2018, was passed [ Read more ]

From Our Member Pusat KOMAS, Malaysia – Launch of Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2017
23 March 2018 4:49 pm

On 21 March 2018, Pusat KOMAS, one of FORUM-ASIA members in Malaysia, launched its Malaysia Racial Discrimination Report 2017. From its media scanning, the year of 2017 has seen an increase in incidences of racial discrimination in Malaysia. As the 14th General Elections is around the corner, numerous politicians from all sides, have resorted to [ Read more ]

From Our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – Statement: Resolve Child’s Education Restriction or Resign Immediately
16 January 2018 5:18 pm

16 January 2018 Resolve Child’s Education Restriction or Resign Immediately Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by the inaction of the Ministry of Education in addressing the denial of access to school by the Immigration Department of Malaysia. Despite the assurance by the Deputy Prime Minister, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on 11 January 2017[1] that the [ Read more ]

From Our Member Pusat KOMAS, Malaysia – Statement: Ethnic-Based Political Parties are not Relevant in Malaysia
4:55 pm

January 8, 2018 Ethnic-Based Political Parties are not Relevant in Malaysia Pusat KOMAS is appalled by the views by certain quarters which stressed that ethnic-based political parties are still relevant in this country. We would like to reiterate that ethnic-based political parties are not and will not be relevant in the past, present or in [ Read more ]

From Our Members Pusat KOMAS and SUARAM, Malaysia – Joint Statement by Civil Society (and individuals) on Book Banning, Thought Control and Academic Meddling
11 October 2017 2:30 pm

We, the undersigned civil society organisations and individuals, register our gravest concern and strongest objection to a series of crackdowns on intellectuals from September 25 to October 3. These include the arrest of Turkish writer Mustafa Akyol, the harassment and persecution of Akyol’s host, Dr Farouk Musa of Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF) and the banning [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Malaysia: Cease Arbitrary Detention and Deportation of Human Rights Defenders
31 July 2017 2:03 pm

We the undersigned civil society strongly condemn the detention and subsequent deportation of Adilur Rahman Khan on 20 July 2017 and express our grave concerns on the growing trend in Malaysia where local activists are not allowed to leave the country while activists from other countries are not allowed to enter into Malaysia. Adilur Rahman [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA deeply troubled by the detention of Adilur Rahman Khan in Malaysia today
20 July 2017 8:05 pm

(Bangkok 20 July 2017) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) expresses deep concern about the restriction of the freedom of movement of Adilur Rahman Khan by the Malaysian authorities today. FORUM-ASIA calls upon the Government of Malaysia, and all Governments in the Asian region to ensure the right to movement, assembly [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Release Adilur Rahman Khan Immediately!
6:08 pm

[UPDATE] Several colleagues in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, who have been struggling since early morning to have Adilur Rahman Khan be released, have been told that he will be deported back to Dhaka this evening. — Today, at around 4:00 am local time, Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of Odhikar and Vice Chair of FORUM-ASIA was detained [ Read more ]

From our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – Malaysia: Singaporean Activist Deported, Barred from Workshop
23 June 2017 4:34 pm

Kuala Lumpur, Paris, 23 June 2017: The Malaysian government must immediately lift the travel ban imposed on Singaporean activist Han Hui Hui, FIDH and its member organisation Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) urged today. FIDH and SUARAM condemn the Malaysian authorities’ decision to deport Ms. Han back to Singapore and prevent her from participating in a [ Read more ]

HRC35 Oral Statement on the upcoming Elections in several Asian Countries
20 June 2017 12:33 pm

35th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow-up and implementation of the Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action Oral Statement Delivered by Rosanna Ocampo on behalf of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 19 June 2017 Mr President, FORUM-ASIA calls attention to the significance given to democracy as [ Read more ]