2007 Report on Human Rights in Malaysia

I just got this on my email from SUARAM. They publish a Human Rights Report annually, which records all events that happen in Malaysia in regards of human rights, during that one year. They will be launching the report on last year:

Date: 19 June 2008 (Thursday)

Time: 10am – 12.30pm

Venue: Mandarin Court Hotel, 55 Jalan Maharajalela, 50150, Kuala Lumpur.

Just to cover briefly what the report is on:

The most notable event was the exposure of the corruption in the Malaysian judiciary, with the revelation of a videotape showing the fixing of appointments and promotion of judges.

Numerous demonstrations were organised throughout the year, culminating in two massive rallies in November on a scale not seen since the Reformasi era in the late 1990s.

The government continued to drag its feet on the most crucial of the 125 recommendations by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysian Police, particularly the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). Draconian laws such as the Internal Security Act (ISA), the Emergency Ordinance (EO) and the Dangerous Drugs Act (DDA) were still used to detain individuals without trial. Other restrictive and repressive laws, including the Police Act, the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA), the Official Secrets Act (OSA) and the Sedition Act were still invoked by the government to suppress dissent and curb basic freedoms of expression, assembly and association.

The politicisation of Islam in recent years has also resulted in violations of human rights. 2007 saw cases of persecution of Muslims who chose to renounce Islam or practice religious teachings other than Sunni Islam. The rights of refugees, asylum seekers and migrants were also violated by the government, especially in the use of the People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) as bounty hunters in the crackdown on these vulnerable groups.

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