April 10, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The Parliament of Malaysia on Friday announced a change to the country's sedition law, which will strengthen government intervention upon seditious activity. Malaysia's original sedition law banned acts and speech expressing contempt against the government or any of Malaysia's royal sultans and ...[read more]
April 10, 2015
by Brittany Felder
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Malaysia's proposed anti-terrorism law, known as the Prevention of Terrorism Act. Zeid said that the proposed law threatens freedom of expression and would breach international human rights obligations. The act ...[read more]
April 7, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Malaysian lawmakers approved detention without trial in a new anti-terror bill that passed on Tuesday, but human rights groups criticize the bill as a giant step backwards for human rights in the country. The Prevention of Terrorism Act was passed by the country's Parliament with a 79-60 vote. If ...[read more]
April 5, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim was granted a furlough on Sunday to leave prison so that he could attend his father's funeral. Anwar was taken from the prison under heavy security to his father's house and will have to return to prison after the burial. His father, who died Sunday ...[read more]
April 3, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
A Malaysian cartoonist known for his political caricatures was charged Friday with nine counts of sedition over a series of tweets criticizing the country's judiciary. Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque, popularly referred to as Zunar, could be sentenced to up to 43 years in jail if found guilty on all nine ...[read more]
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]

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