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 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 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]
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]
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]
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]

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