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]
August 22, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On August 22, 2011, Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim denied sodomy charges against him and said they were fabricated by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Anwar was accused of sodomizing a male political aide, which is punishable in Malaysia by up to 20 years in ...[read more]
July 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) on Friday praised an announcement by Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak of plans to repeal the country's 1948 Sedition Act. Razak announced Wednesday that the Sedition Act will be replaced with the more liberal ...[read more]
July 11, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday announced plans to replace the 1948 Sedition Act with the new National Harmony Act. The prime minister stated that the new act will ensure the protection of the right to freedom of speech while balancing national unity and preventing hatred based ...[read more]
December 15, 2011
by Stephen Krug
JURIST Guest Columnist Phil Robertson, Deputy Director of the Asia Division at Human Rights Watch, says that the Peaceful Assembly Bill is a betrayal of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak's earlier promises to bolster civil society through broadening respect for individual rights and enhancing ...[read more]
November 22, 2011
by Brandon Gatto
Malaysia's government on Tuesday introduced legislation that will enforce new restrictions on public demonstrations, including a ban on street protests and other rules that opposition leaders believe are too repressive. Proposed by the National Front, Malaysia's ruling party, and supported by ...[read more]
October 5, 2011
by Dan Taglioli
Malaysia's government on Wednesday released 125 prisoners who were being held under a decades-old security law that has been widely criticized by human rights and opposition groups. In an address to Parliament earlier this week, Prime Minister Najib Razak announced the release of all individuals ...[read more]
October 4, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak initiated the repeal of Malaysia's strict security laws in Parliament on Monday. In an effort to protect civil liberties while maintaining a balance of public peace, Razak is expected to repeal the Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA), which allowed the prime ...[read more]
September 15, 2011
by Andrea Bottorff
Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak announced on Thursday that the government would repeal two strict security laws that had allowed extended detention of suspects without trial, as well as review other laws dealing with freedom of the press. The government will abolish the Internal Security Act ( ...[read more]
August 22, 2011
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Malaysian opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim testified for the first time Monday in his trial on charges of sodomy, denying the charges against him. Anwar testified that the charges against him were fabricated by Prime Minister Najib Razak in order to ruin his ...[read more]

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