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Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority

Malaysia accused of shocking human rights violations, abuses against Shiite minority | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

WASHINGTON, April 7, 2014 – Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the “crime” of engaging in Shiite religious practices.

International attention has been given to Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing last month, and human rights watchdogs welcome the focus.

“Unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody, and excessive use of force in dispersing public assemblies persist because of an absence of meaningful accountability for Malaysia’s police force, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP),” says the HRW report.

The human rights abuses are directed at all sectors of Malaysian society, however significant media attention has been drawn towards the plight of Shia Muslims in Malaysia, who are facing increased discrimination on a daily basis.

“Among the marginalized in Malaysia, there is a single group perhaps more marginalized than many. They are the people that Malaysia has forgotten. They are the Shiite Muslims” says Loyar Burok, a popular Malaysian blog. The article is entitled “Shiite Muslims in Malaysia: A Cultural Genocide.”...

 

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Malaysia braces for pro-democracy street protests in Kuala Lumpur | World news | The Guardian

Malaysia braces for pro-democracy street protests in Kuala Lumpur | World news | The Guardian | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
Tensions mount as hundreds of thousands of activists expected in capital for Arab spring-style rally against 'dirty politics'...
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Stop bullying human rights defenders; remove Comango ban - ALIRAN

Stop bullying human rights defenders; remove Comango ban - ALIRAN | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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Like Comango, Aliran is appalled that the secretary-general has seen fit to use Islam as a tool to silence human rights violations and to demonise human rights defenders.

The crux of the matter is that the government is unable to accept views that differ from theirs and has used such differences to deny civil society organisations their freedom of association and expression which ought to be the basis of any democracy worth its name.

Given that Malaysia was, until recently, a member of the UN Human Rights Council, this move to ban Comango is ridiculous and shows their lack of understanding of what constitues upholding human rights standards mean.
Aliran calls for the immediate withdrawal of the ban. The government must stop attacking Comango....

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