Malaysia

Malaysia’s ongoing crackdown against campaigners for electoral reform
30 June 2011 3:45 am

(UPDATED 12 July) Monitor this page to be kept informed updates on unfolding events regarding the Malaysian government crackdown to stop the 9 July 2011 rally on electoral reform. Learn more about the background of these events by clicking this link to the Asian Defender Alert on this issue. The contents of this webpage are [ Read more ]

Stop Arrests and Intimidation against the Rally on Electoral Reforms in Malaysia
29 June 2011 4:46 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding the arrest of at least 90 campaigners nationwide since 24 June 2011 in relation to the planned mass rally called “Walk for Democracy” on 9 July 2011 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is comprised of [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Stop Threats and Intimidation against the Rally on Electoral Reforms
4:41 am

(29 June 2011, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and the Southeast Asia Press Alliance (SEAPA) strongly condemn the on-going threats and intimidation by the Malaysian government against the electoral reform campaigners. The Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih 2.0) is comprised of Malaysian civic and human rights organisations [ Read more ]

Stop legal action against Malaysian human rights defender for highlighting rights of migrant workers
24 May 2011 12:33 am

[23 May 2011]  – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and Human Rights Now express their great concern regarding the case of Mr. Charles Hector Fernandez, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, activist and blogger. We were informed that Asahi Kosei (M) Sdn. Bhd., subsidiary of Asahi Kosei Japan Co. Ltd., filed a [ Read more ]

Open Letter to SUHAKAM on the defamation case against human defender Charles Hector
2 May 2011 3:34 am

The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) sent an open letter to the chairperson of Malaysia’s National Human Rights Institution (SUHAKAM) to act on the defamation case against Mr Charles Hector, a human rights defender who blogged about alleged human rights abuses against Burmese migrant workers employed by the Asahi Kosei (M) [ Read more ]

Stop legal action against Malaysian human rights lawyer and blogger
26 April 2011 9:00 pm

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information regarding a law suit being filed against Mr. Charles Hector Fernandez, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, activist and blogger over defamation. Mr. Hector raised concerns on his blog and via twitter about human rights and labour rights violations of 31 Burmese migrant workers of [ Read more ]

Protect the rights of children and sexual minorities in Malaysia
22 April 2011 9:03 am

Open Letter to the Government of Malaysia for the protection of the rights of children and sexual minorities His Excellency Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin Ministry of Education Block E8, Complex E, Federal Government Administrative Centre, 62604, Putrajaya, Malaysia cc. Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, Chairperson, SUHAKAM 22 April 2011 Your Excellency, The Asian Forum for Human [ Read more ]

16th HRC: Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
7 March 2011 9:00 pm

16th Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Interactive Dialogue with the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention Tuesday, 8 March 2011   Thank you, Mr. President. FORUM‐ASIA and its member organization in Malaysia, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), welcome the report of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on its mission to Malaysia (A/HRC/16/47/Add.2). [1] [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Protect Selvach Santhiran
28 October 2010 9:00 pm

The Arrest of Mr. Selvach Santhiran, a Witness to Police Brutality in Malaysia 29 October 2010 The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) received information from Malaysia about the arrest of Mr. Selvach Santhiran, a witness to the torture and subsequent death of a victim while in the custody of Malaysian police authorities. [ Read more ]

(COMMENTARY) Rising Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia
26 August 2010 12:00 pm

The month of August 2010 did not start well for Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia. Since the beginning of the month, Human Rights Defenders have been subject to a series of harassment incidents. There is validity in raising concerns regarding these incidents as it may signal a turn towards even more repression against human rights [ Read more ]