FIDH/Suaram: Authorities must cease violations of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression

Press Release Malaysia: Authorities must cease violations of freedom of peaceful assembly and expression Paris-Bangkok, 30 June 2011. The recent arrests and criminal charges against members and supporters of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), as well as the government’s refusal to grant permit for political rallies, constitute serious violations of the right to freedom…

HRW: End Crackdown on Peaceful Campaigners

Permit Bersih Coalition to Hold March (Bangkok, June 30, 2011) – The Malaysian government should immediately end its crackdown on the  Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih) and release everyone  arbitrarily detained for involvement in its activities, Human Rights Watch said  today. Police should return all Bersih-related materials confiscated  during the past week and…

Experts: Bersih T-shirts NOT illegal

PETALING JAYA: Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein who said wearing yellow Bersih 2.0 T-shirts is illegal came under fire from lawyers and academics today who said he was “talking nonsense”. Hishammuddin told the press this morning that the arrests of those wearing such T-shirts are justified as it is related to an illegal activity. However, the…

Bersih secretariat raided, staff detained

PETALING JAYA:  The police today raided the Bersih secretariat here and seized several items as the authorities increased the pressure on the movement to call off its mass rally on July 9. They have also taken away seven staff members for questioning. PKR supreme council member Latheefa Koya told reporters that the police came at…

Bersih rally: PKR leaders probed for sedition

Nurul Izzah Anwar and three other PKR leaders are among those being investigated under the Sedition Act and Police Act. KUALA LUMPUR: Three PKR leaders and a lawyer are being investigated under the Sedition Act in connection with the Bersih 2.0 rally scheduled for July 9. PKR vice-presidents Nurul Izzah Anwar and N Surendran, the…

HRW: Free 30 Peaceful Political Activists

Government Refuses Permit for Opposition Rally, Jails Pamphleteers   (Bangkok, June 28, 2011) – The Malaysian authorities should order the immediate release of 30 members of the opposition Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM) who were pulled off their bus and arrested on the way to a political rally in Penang on June 25, 2011, Human…

War against King interpreted in ‘bad faith’

Legal experts say the 30 PSM activisits were detained according to an extreme interpretation of the law that has been taken out of context. PETALING JAYA: Detaining 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) activists for allegedly waging war against the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is an extreme interpretation of the law and has been taken out of…

Police record statements from Ambiga, Samad Said

The Bersih leader, national laureate Ahmad Said and Perkasa’s Ibrahim Ali were summoned to the police headquarters in connection with their respective rallies on July 9. KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 chairman S Ambiga and national laureate A Samad Said today went to the Dang Wangi police headquarters to give their statements in relation to the…

BERSIH 2.0: Najib needs to protect human rights

PRESS STATEMENT The Prime Minister of Malaysia that his first and foremost duty is to protect the welfare and human rights of all Malaysians. In light of this, Bersih 2.0 is deeply saddened and disappointed by YAB Najib Razak’s declaration that supporters of the Bersih 2.0 rally are to be held responsible should chaos ensue…

Timbalan Ketua AMK tangkapan pertama Bersih

Beliau yang lebih dikenali dengan panggilan Jonah ditangkap ketika sedang menunggu minuman di Up Town, Shah Alam kira-kira jam 10.45 malam tadi. PETALING JAYA: Timbalan Ketua AMK, Khairul Anuar Ahmad Zainuddin menjadi mangsa pertama tangkapan Bersih. Beliau yang lebih dikenali dengan panggilan Jonah ditangkap ketika sedang menunggu minuman di Up Town, Shah Alam kira-kira jam…

6 pemimpin BERSIH dipanggil polis

BERSIH mendakwa enam pemimpin mereka yang terdiri daripada aktivis NGO dan pemimpin politik dipanggil polis untuk disoalsiasat hari ini. Mereka adalah pengerusi gabungan itu Ambiga Sreenevasan, ahli jawatankuasa pemandunya Maria Chin Abdullah, exco kerajaan Selangor Teresa Kok, aktivis sosial Hishamuddin Rais, koordinator kumpulan peguam Lawyers for Liberty Fadiah Nadwa Fikri dan Setiausaha Agung Parti Sosialis…

Peserta Bersih perlu tahu hak mereka berdepan polis- LFL

Kuala Lumpur : Pertubuhan Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) menganjurkan bengkel terbuka berhubung hak peserta ketika  perhimpunan Bersih 2.0 pada 9 Julai ini. Peguam, Fadiah Nadwa Fikri berkata, bengkel tersebut diadakan bagi memberi pendedahan tentang hak peserta perhimpunan sekiranya mereka berdepan salahgunakuasa atau ditangkap polis. “Persediaan awal sangat penting dan mereka menyertai perhimpunan ini tidak perlu…