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UPDATE (MALAYSIA): One ISA detainee released; one more detained

Dear Friends,  We have received news that Khairul Anmad Zainuddin, one of student activist who was arrested on July 5, 2001, was released on July 28, 2001. Khairul was held without charge under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for 23 days.  However, while giving with one hand, the Malaysian government has taken with the other. […]

MALAYSIA: Family of ISA Detainee refused entry and detained

The Malaysian government has stepped up yet again its deprivation and violation of the basic rights of the ISA detainees. Ms. Mabel Au, fiancee of Mr. Tian Chua (one of the six men detained for 2 years under ISA), has been denied entry into Malaysia. Ms. Au – a Hong Kong resident and coordinator of the Committee for Asian Women Workers (CAW) based in Bangkok – has visited Mr. Chua at the Kamunting Detention Centre in Malaysia once previously since his arrest under the notorious Internal Security Act (see BACKGROUND), but this time was refused entry for unspecified ‘security reasons’. Not only was she not allowed to enter the country, she herself was detained in an airport lock-up for 13 hours pending her deportation flight. She was denied the right to contact her embassy. Her mobile phone was rendered inoperable by the guards after she managed to make a brief call to other family members waiting outside. 

MALAYSIA: 41 arrested on 100th day of ISA detentions

Dear Friends We are forwarding you the following Urgent Appeal from Suaram, a highly respected human rights organisation in Malaysia. Yesterday, July 15th – marked 100 days since the government of Malaysia started arresting those perceived to be their political opponents under the infamous Internal Security Act. In the last 100 days, 12 persons have […]

MALAYSIA: Denial of right to freedom of association and expression, continuous arrests under the ISA

Dear Friends, Regarding continuous crackdown in Malaysia, we are forwarding the following appeal by SUARAM, one of prominent human rights group in Malaysia. Recently two student leaders were arrested under the ISA. The students join the six other political prisoners (Tina Chua, Mohamad Ezam Mohd. Nor, Saari Sungib, Hishamuddin Rais, Lokman Adam and Badaruddin Ismail) […]

UPDATE (MALAYSIA): U.N. Letter-Writing Campaign for the Release of ISA Detainees

Because of concerns with the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Malaysia to deny the Malaysian people their human rights, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) would like to promote a U.N. letter-writing campaign for the release of detainees being held under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the abolition of the ISA, a campaign which was originally launched by the Malaysian human rights group, SUARAM.

UPDATE: MALAYSIA: Letter from Tian Chua, one of the ISA detainees who is serving a two-year detention order in Malaysia

We are sending you a copy of a letter received from Tian Chua, one of the ISA detainees who is serving a two-year detention order in Malaysia.

UPDATE(MALAYSIA): Four ISA detainees served two years detention order

Three political and social activists which were held under the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA), namely, Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor (national youth chief of the National Justice Party or Parti Keadilan Nasional), Saari Sungib (chairperson of the April 14 People Memorandum Rally) and Hishamuddin Rais (a columnist and social activist), have been sent to Kamunting Detention Centre to serve a two-year detention order. Datuk Abdullah Badawi, the home minister who has previously denied much knowledge about the arrest, is solely responsible to execute the detention order.

MALAYSIA: Two Years Detention Under Internal Security Act

The following people in Malaysia have been served with detention orders that will imprison them for two years without trials under the Internal Security Act (ISA), an act which violates all international norms related to arrests, detentions and fair trials:

UPDATE (MALAYSIA): Internet campaign for the release of pro-reform activists detained under the ISA

Dear Friends, Malaysian police have arrested opposition political leaders and pro-reform activist during last month. Until today, all ten activists are being held under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows the authorities to detain people indefinitely without trial. In order to draw your attention and solidarity action, we are forwarding this following Internet campaign […]

SRI LANKA FURTHER ACTION: Judicial Officer’s Constitutional Rights Violated

The Case of former Judge M.P. Wijesiriwardene  We are bring you the following up date on this case which we brought to your notice last year. (For your easy reference we attach the original appeal below). For complete file please see our web-site, under following reference: UA 20/99 Index: 42699 and the 1999 update on […]

Singapore: Petition to Ratify ICCPR and ICESR and Repeal the ISA

6 December 1998: 50th Anniversary Commemoration of Human Rights Day 80 people including former political detainees and many children, gathered at the Excelsior Hotel to mark the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The gathering was a historical event as it was the first time that Singapore’s longest serving political detainee, Chia […]

Malaysia: Re-Hearing of Remand Applications

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia. People are defying the police as the government declared illegal any pro-Anwar Ibrahim demonstrations. These week police have threathen that illegal protester could be arrested under the Internal Security […]

Malaysia: ISA Detentions and More Than 230 Detained for "Illegal Assembly"

The ASIAN HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION urge you to continue your support for justice and human rights in Malaysia. Five persons are still detained under the Malaysian Internal Security Law. Further updates on AHRC Urgent Appeal on Malaysia. People are defying the police as the government declared illegal any pro-Anwar Ibrahim demonstrations. These week police have […]

FORWARDED APPEAL (Malaysia): Five activists are detained for 2 years without trial under the Internal Security Act

Dear friends, The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) wishes to forward an appeal received from MADPET (Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture) regarding a case of five human rights activists who were arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA) in Malaysia on 12 December 2007. The ISA allows detention without trial. All are now being […]