(COMMENTARY) Rising Intimidation of Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia
26 August 2010 12:00 pm

The month of August 2010 did not start well for Human Rights Defenders in Malaysia. Since the beginning of the month, Human Rights Defenders have been subject to a series of harassment incidents. There is validity in raising concerns regarding these incidents as it may signal a turn towards even more repression against human rights [ Read more ]

URGENT: Petition to grant clemency for Yong Vui Kong
15 August 2010 11:35 pm

FORUM-ASIA, together with its members in Malaysia and Singapore, SUARAM and Think Centre, and other NGOs, appeal for your support in campaigning for clemency for Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian arrested in Singapore for drug trafficking when he was 18 years old. On January 2009, the Singapore court delivered the death sentence to Yong, which [ Read more ]

MALAYSIA: Fact-finding report sparks government denial, action
18 July 2010 12:00 pm

A report released by a fact-finding mission investigating the rapes of indigenous Penan women in Sarawak, Malaysia has touched off various reactions from different Malaysian government agencies, ranging from denials of the rapes, pledges of investigation, and a visit by the Malaysian Prime Minister to the indigenous territory. A report released by a fact-finding mission [ Read more ]

Pilot National Training Workshop on ASEAN Advocacy and National Consultation Workshop
30 June 2010 11:32 am

From 19 to 21 July 2010, FORUM-ASIA will organise the pilot training on engaging with the ASEAN Inter-governmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) in Kuala Lumpur, co-organised with SUARAM, FORUM-ASIA member in Malaysia. It aims to build capacity of civil society organisations in Malaysia to engage with the newly formed AICHR. This pilot training is also a prior step to finalise the [ Read more ]

MALAYSIA – Between a rock and a hard place: Afghan refugees and asylum seekers
15 June 2010 2:48 am

Afghanistan has been the source of one of the world’s largest and most enduring protracted refugee situations.  However, Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia are a relatively recent phenomenon. Health Equity Initiatives (HEI), today, released the report of a study on the situation of Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.  Through 73 interviews [ Read more ]

MALAYSIA – Rohingya refugees face challenges of inhumanity
2 June 2010 1:11 am

Arakan Rohingya Refugee Committee (ARRC) in Malaysia issued the press release below on 24 May 2010, expressing concerns over the crises the Rohingya refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia are facing. They are not receiving enough health care and many are passing lives in critical situation. We at the Arakan Rohingya Refugee Committee (ARRC), Malaysia [ Read more ]

MALAYSIA – Blatant abuse of power by police under the Dangerous Drug Act
17 May 2010 11:32 pm

    This statement was issued by SUARAM, FORUM-ASIA member in Malaysia recently. to condemn the blatant abuse of power by police in the case of arrest and detention of an actor under the Dangerous Drug Act (1985), which allows for detention without trial.   SUARAM condemns and expresses its grave concerns over the arrest of actor Khaeryll Benjamin Ibrahim @Benjy [ Read more ]

Malaysia – Immigration Detention Centres: How Many More Must Die?
15 October 2009 10:58 pm

On 3 September 2009, it was reported that a Burmese detainee at KLIA Immigration Detention Centre died on 29 August 2009 due to an unknown illness and six other detainees with similar symptoms were hospitalised at Putrajaya General Hospital. Today, 25 September 2009, it was reported that six Burmese detainees have died at an undisclosed [ Read more ]