Arrested for lodging police report-SUARAM's account for activist Cheng Lee Whee

Posted on Friday, October 24th, 2008

On 17 October, activist Cheng Lee Whee from human rights group SUARAM in Johor was arrested under the ISA, making her the fourth person nabbed under the law since September this year. Police said Cheng was detained because she was "spreading information that could cause fear among the people". However, as with the arrest of […]

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Indonesian activists joined in protest against ISA arrests

Posted on Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Top activists from Indonesia issued a petition of protest to the Inspector General Police, Musa Hassan and Chair of the National Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) Abu Talib Othman in regards to the spate of ISA arrests recently. Spearheaded by the Indonesian Front for Civil and Political Rights, the activists also has organized a demonstration outside […]

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No Sedition Act – Rationality Needs to Prevail in Ahmad Ismail Case

Posted on Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

Civil society groups are against using laws to censure Ahmad Ismail, the UMNO chief in Penang who have made allegedly racial remark and remained adamant that he was being put under trial of the media. In a joint statement, the groups are worried that the habitual reliance on harsh laws to stiffle racial or political […]


Are We A Free Nation? — A Joint Merdeka Day Message

Posted on Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Independence means that the nation is free from any imposed political domination, citizens are sovereign and are masters of their own destiny. For that to be true, they must at least be able to think freely, express and exchange opinion, and, obtain and disseminate information without fear or favour.

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Civil society groups express solidarity with blogger Raja Petra

Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008

Six civil society group, including the National Alliance of Bloggers and Centre for Independent Journalism have stated solidarity with blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin, who is now detained in the Sungai Buloh prison for charges under the Sedition Act. This is the fourth time the blogger was taken action against using this law. The group unanimously […]

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Lina Joy's Judgment: Unjust Denial of Freedom of Religion

Posted on Thursday, May 31st, 2007

Human rights group SUARAM voiced concern and disagreement with the Federal Court's decision to throw out the application of Lina Joy, who claimed to be no longer a Muslim, to have "Islam" removed from her identity. The decision meant that Lina Joy is exempted from the protection for freedom of religion accorded in the Constitution.

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Malaysia's Oscars for human rights films makes its second showing

Posted on Saturday, June 25th, 2005

Popular art and activitists come together for the KOMAS Freedom Film Fest 2005 in July.