October 16, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Shiite muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr was convicted Wednesday of sedition and other charges in Saudi Arabia's Specialized Criminal Court and sentenced to death, raising fears of unrest from his supporters in neighboring Bahrain. Al-Nimr has been a vocal critic of the majority Sunni government ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Malaysian prosecutors charged University of Malay law professor Azmi Sharom with sedition on Tuesday for his opinion on a political crisis that occurred five years ago. Sharom voiced his opinion in an article published August 14 by The Malay Mail Online, in which he stated that the 2009 collapse ...[read more]
August 20, 2014
by Ann Schober
The lawyer representing Anwar Ibrahim, the leader of Malaysia's strongest governmental opposition group, was charged with sedition on Tuesday because of a written statement he issued acting as Anwar's legal counsel. N Suredran, was released on bail after being charged with violating Malaysia's ...[read more]
June 26, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
A Saudi Arabian court on Monday sentenced human rights activist Abdulkarim al-Khader to eight years in prison for sedition. Abdulkarim al-Khader was one of the founders of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA), which aimed to increase awareness of civil rights in the country. ...[read more]
June 18, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
On June 18, 1798, US President John Adams signed the Naturalization Act of 1798, the first of four pieces of legislation collectively referred to as the Alien and Sedition Acts, into law. The act repealed in part the Naturalization Act of 1795 by increasing the period of time required for ...[read more]
March 10, 2013
by Cynthia Miley
A Saudi Arabian criminal court in Riyadh on Saturday sentenced two Saudi Arabian human rights activists on to at least 10 years in prison. The activists were found guilty earlier that day of sedition, providing foreign media with inaccurate information, founding and operating an unlicensed human ...[read more]
March 4, 2013
by Sarah Steers
On March 4, 2006, following the end of President Gloria Arroyo's state of emergency, the Manila Daily Tribune reported that it had been charged with sedition. The newspaper's vocal criticism of the president led to a government raid while the state of emergency was in force. Specific charges were ...[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]

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