Malaysia: Government must withdraw new Security Bill, repeal the ISA immediately
12 April 2012 3:49 pm

(12 April 2012, Bangkok) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) renewed its calls for the immediate repeal of Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA), and urged the Malaysian government to withdraw the new Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill 2012, tabled in Parliament on 10 April 2012. The regional human rights group that [ Read more ]

From Our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – 19th HRC Regular Session – Malaysia: Anifah Aman on Malaysian Human Rights: Truth or fiction?
29 February 2012 5:51 pm

Malaysian human rights organization SUARAM responds to the address of Mr. Anifah Aman, Minister for Foreign Affairs during the High Level Segment at the 19th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 27 February 2012. In his speech, Aman stressed the practice of moderation in Malaysia as well as the importance of constructive dialogue and peaceful [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Right to the end, the MG has shown itself to be mean spirited and paranoid in its handling of HK!
13 February 2012 9:47 am

Press Statement: 13 February 2012 The extradition of Saudi Arabian Blogger and writer Hamza Kashgari, who was extradited back to Saudi Arabia on 12 February after being detained by Malaysian police on 9th February 2012. Right to the end, the Malaysian Government has shown itself to be mean spirited and paranoid in its handling of [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Withdraw Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 and initiate real political reform
22 December 2011 1:53 pm

(22 December 2011, Bangkok) Malaysian government should withdraw the Peaceful Assembly Bill 2011 as it violates rather than protect the people’s right to freedom of assembly, a regional human rights organization said today in response to the 20 December approval of the bill by the Malaysian Senate. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development [ Read more ]

Malaysia Should Not Use ISA While Pending Abolition
18 November 2011 3:21 pm

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (18 November 2011, Bangkok) The recent arrest of 13 Malaysians and foreigners under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) casts serious doubts on the credibility of the Malaysian government who promised last September to abolish the ISA and to respect human rights. The Malaysian government must immediately release or charge these detainees [ Read more ]

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 ]