Malaysia

ISA and Emergency Declarations Repeal in Malaysia: First step among many towards complete reform
16 September 2011 4:16 pm

(16 September 2011, Bangkok) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) welcomes the announcement of the Malaysian Prime Minister to repeal the Internal Security Act (ISA) and three emergency declarations. We would like to congratulate people of Malaysia and civil society for achieving this important milestone in their continuing struggle for freedom and [ Read more ]

APPRN Statement on a new approach to regional cooperation on refugee protection
10:15 am

The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) is deeply disappointed by the Australian government’s announcement that it intends to seek passage of legislation overturning the ruling by the High Court of Australia in the case of Plaintiff M70/2011 v Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. The High Court held that it is unlawful under Australia’s existing [ Read more ]

18th HRC Regular Session: Panel Discussion on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests
13 September 2011 1:03 pm

Tuesday, 13 September 2011 – Thank you, Madam President. FORUM‐ASIA welcomes the holding of this important panel discussion which reaffirms the rights of individuals and peoples to publicly express their grievances and aspirations for change. It is our deep concern, however, that many States including those in Asia have often responded to such assemblies through [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Delays of Habeas Corpus Hearing Unjust to 6 PSM members
23 July 2011 4:01 am

Bangkok, 23 July 2011) The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), a membership-based regional human rights organization, expresses its disappointment over the adjournment of a habeas corpus hearing of six leading members of the Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM)[1].

Malaysia: Release the 6 Detainees, Abolish the Emergency Ordinance
12 July 2011 4:00 am

The Malaysian government should release immediately and unconditionally the six supporters of Bersih rally who are still being detained under the Emergency (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance since July 2. Detention without trial under the Emergency Ordinance goes against every precept of human rights and justice and should be abolished as recommended by [ Read more ]

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 ]