March 31, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Malaysian government on Monday proposed two laws that would reintroduce indefinite detention without trial and allow the seizure of passports of anyone suspected of supporting acts of terror. While the government hopes to curb Islamic militant activities, critics say the laws could restrict ...[read more]
March 16, 2015
by William Helbling
Malaysia officials on Monday arrested the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for alleged acts of sedition. Lawmaker Nurul Izzah Anwar was reportedly arrested and detained specifically for a speech she made last week criticizing the jailing of her father. Anwar Ibrahim's conviction ...[read more]
March 2, 2015
by Matt Belenky
UN human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on Monday urged the Malaysian government to make improvements to its efforts to combat human trafficking. At the conclusion of her first visit to Malaysia, Giammarinaro said that there are currently several million undocumented migrant workers in ...[read more]
February 10, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Malaysian Federal Court on Tuesday upheld the sodomy conviction and five-year prison sentence of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, a decision rights groups are calling unjust and political. Anwar was accused of sodomizing an aide in the opposition campaign office in 2008 in violation of ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison ...[read more]
January 22, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
The second highest court in Malaysia ruled Wednesday in a high-profile transgender case that Islamic law is restricted to familial matters such as marriage, divorce and inheritance, and the constitution provides a secular federal government. The ruling is based on the 1988 Supreme Court case, Che ...[read more]
January 21, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday voiced concern over the continued use of the death penalty in Southeast Asia as punishment for drug-related crimes. Drug-related crimes are punishable by death in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand ...[read more]
November 26, 2014
by Addison Morris
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday suggested to the country's parliament that new laws are needed to strengthen existing legislation to combat terrorism. Razak expressed particular concern about citizens returning home to Malaysia with extremist ideology after fighting alongside ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948, a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute ...[read more]

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