March 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UK Court of Appeal on Wednesday rejected a bid for an inquiry into the shooting of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers at Batang Kali on December 12, 1948. The petition brought by the families of the deceased allege that British troops "massacred" the workers during the campaign against ...[read more]
March 7, 2014
by Addison Morris
A Malaysian court on Friday overturned the High Court's acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim, sentencing the opposition leader to five years in prison for sodomizing a male aide in 2008. This conviction makes Anwar unable to run for chief minister of Selangor in next month's election, where he was ...[read more]
November 25, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, on Monday urged the government of Malaysia to overturn the nation's ban on a Catholic publication's use of the word "Allah" to refer to God. Allah is the Arabic word for God and has been used by Christians Malaysians ...[read more]
November 2, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
On Thursday Amnesty International (AI) expressed concern over the state of human rights defenders in Malaysia. AI argued that the arrest of 19 peaceful protestors shows that the current state of human rights in Malaysia is lacking. AI and SUARAM (Suara Rakyat Malaysia), a leading Malaysian NGO, ...[read more]
October 30, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Civil rights groups on Wednesday publicly condemned Malaysia's "empty promises" to strengthen civil and political rights in the country. Amnesty International (AI) and Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) claimed that authorities "failed to adequately respond to many of the questions raised by UN member ...[read more]
October 14, 2013
by Max Slater
An appeals court in Malaysia on Monday ruled that the nation's government can legally ban the use of the word "Allah" to refer to God in faiths other than Islam. The case was originally brought by the Herald, a weekly Catholic publication, against the Malaysian government in response to the ban. ...[read more]
October 3, 2013
by Lauren Laing
Malaysia's proposed amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act 1959, which would reinstate detention without trial for certain individuals with criminal histories, are a "huge step backwards," Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Wednesday. HRW said that the amendments would allow detention for up to two ...[read more]
May 23, 2013
by Julie Deisher
The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday seized more than 2,500 copies of newspapers published by opposition parties. The Ministry states that the seized newspapers were sold in violation of their publication licenses, which limit the distribution of opposition party newspapers to party ...[read more]
October 3, 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove
A Malaysian court on Tuesday awarded damages to a group of five opposition politicians and activists who were unlawfully detained pursuant to the country's controversial Internal Security Act of 1960 (ISA), which permits indefinite detention without trial for terror suspects, dissidents and ...[read more]
September 4, 2012
by Sarah Posner
The High Court of England and Wales on Tuesday struck down a petition calling for an independent inquiry into the killing of 24 Malaysian rubber plantation workers by British troops in 1948. The incident occurred during the Malayan Emergency when Britain was combating communist insurgents. The ...[read more]

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