SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA
Address: 433A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone: +6 03 7784 3525 Fax: +6 03 7784 3526
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URGENT APPEAL: 29 JUNE 2011
BERSIH 2.0 Secretariat (EMPOWER Office) have been raided, materials confiscated and 6 staffs and a volunteer arrested
All this was done without a warrant by the police !!
6 staffs and 1 volunteer have been arrested and brought to IPD Petaling Jaya. The police went to Bersih 2.0 office without a warrant and threaten to break in if they are not allowed entry. They then confiscated all of Bersih 2.0 materials. They denied entry of the other NGOs and BERSIH 2.0 Steering Committee members into their office.
The police was taking statements from the staffs and later changed their mind and took them to IPD Petaling Jaya.
Those arrested are:
1. Lau Shu Shi (Staff & SUARAM Member)
2. Mary (Staff)
3. Deepa (Staff)
4. Ikhsan (Staff)
5. Mila (Staff)
6. Temme Lee (Staff & SUARAM Secretariat Member)
7. Ang (Volunteer)
Among the things confiscated are :-
1. Laptops – 5
2. CPU – 1
3. Video camera – 1
4. BERSIH related documents including press statements & letters
5. BERSIH leaflets – 786
6. Delineation leaflets – 4351
7. BERSIH t-shirts (yellow) – 366
8. BERSIH t-shirts (orange) – 91
9. BERSIH t-shirts (white) – 136
10. BERSIH headbands – 473
11. BERSIH banners – 5
12. BERSIH demands placards – 8
As of today, 104 people have been arrested by the police since the government’s clampdown on freedom of expression.
SUARAM strongly condemns the misuse of power by the police and demands the immediate release of all arrested given access to legal counsel. Failure to do so is an offense and violation of human rights of the detainees.
Malaysia should not further implicate its atrocious international records on democracy and human rights principles and strive not to be in the ranks of rogue countries universally regarded as most notorious and infamous for their reckless disregard for the most basic human rights – human dignity and life.
What can you do?
Urgent action needed:
Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the on-going denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government to release all those arrested so far for practicing their fundamental rights.
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Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Ismail Omar,
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613Dear Sir,
Re: Release all the 7 BERSIH 2.0 Staffs Now!
We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown in Malaysia.
We are appalled by your government and the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens. We demand the government to release the 6 of them immediately and without any conditions. We also demand the police stop their intimidations and harassment against the detainees.
We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
1. OCPD Arjunaidi Mohamed
Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Sungai Siput
Polis Diraja Malaysia
31100 Sungai Siput Utara,
2. Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,
Prime Minister of Malaysia,
Prime Minister’s Office,
Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,
Federal Government Administrative Centre,
62502 Putrajaya , MALAYSIA
Tel: 603-8888 8000
Fax: 603-8888 3444
3. Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin bin Tun Hussein
Minister of Home Affairs Malaysia
Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D
Tan Sri Hasmy Agam,
Malaysian Human Rights Commission,
Level 11, Menara TH Perdana,
Jalan Sultan Ismail,
50250 Kuala Lumpur.
Tel: 03 26125600
Fax: 03 26125620
5. Mr. Frank La Rue
Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression
Palais des Nations
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Fax: +41 22 917 9006
6. Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,
Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
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6. Christine Chung,
Human Rights Officer,
Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights,
Asia Pacific Section, Asia Pacific and Middle East Branch,
Field Operation & Technical Cooperation,
OHCHR- Palais Wilson,
United Nationas Office at Geneva,
CH-1211 Geneva 10,
Tel: +41 (0) 229289673
Fax: +41 (0) 22928 9018