Malaysia

Malaysia: More than 1500 arrested, Brutal Crackdown on Bersih Rally Condemned
10 July 2011 4:06 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development strongly condemns the brutal crackdown today on the peaceful rally of Bersih 2.0, a coalition of 62 civil society organizations that is campaigning for electoral reform in Malaysia. More than 1,500 have been arrested, including 16 minors. Among those detained are Maria Chin Abdullah, committee member of [ Read more ]

Solidarity with Malaysians – Bersih’s Rally Should be Allowed Respect to Proceed
9 July 2011 6:01 am

Three organisations write to the Malaysian Ambassador to Thailand to express solidarity and relay an appeal to the government to allow the Bersih 2.0 rally to proceed. 9 July 2011 H.E. Amb. Dato’ Nazirah Hussain Ambassador of Malaysia 33-35 South Sathorn Road, Tungmahamek, Sathorn, Bangkok 10120. Tel: +66 2 679 2190 – 0  Fax: +66 [ Read more ]

Joint Open Letter to Prime Minister of Malaysia regarding Human Rights Violations against Bersih 2.0
5 July 2011 4:11 am

On 4 July, FORUM-ASIA, Human Rights Watch (HRW), Amnesty International, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) sent a joint open letter to the Prime Minister of Malaysia regarding human rights violations against Bersih 2.0.   July 4, 2011 Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohammed Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak Office [ Read more ]

Open Letter to SUHAKAM on the intimidation against the 9 July electoral reform rally in Malaysia
1 July 2011 4:38 am

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership-based regional human rights organization, writes to you regarding the on-going threats and intimidation by the Malaysian government against the electoral reform campaigners and supporters. On 28 June, the National Human rights commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) called “on the authorities to allow the planned peaceful [ Read more ]

Open Letter to the AICHR Chair on the intimidation against the electoral reform rally in Malaysia
4:16 am

Five regional NGOs write to the chairperson of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR)  to draw the body’s attention to the ongoing crackdown on the 9 July electoral reform rally in Malaysia.   H.E. Rafendi Djamin Chairperson of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Secretariat [ Read more ]

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 ]