Amnesty: Malaysia’s human rights record on downward spiral

Source: MalaysiaKini

Amnesty International secretary-general Salil Shetty

Malaysia’s human rights record is detereorating at an “alarming” rate, Amnesty International concluded after its secretary-general Salil Shetty’s visit to the country this week.

“Malaysian authorities must do everything to halt an alarming downward spiral on human rights as the government relies on overly broad and vague laws to silence and lock up critics.S

“Everything I saw and heard in Malaysia confirmed what we have observed over the past years – space for freedom of expression is shrinking as authorities increase their crackdown to silence dissent.

“As the chair of Asean and a member of the UN Security Council, Malaysia should be a regional leader on human rights. Instead, its international reputation is suffering,” Shetty said in a statement.

The only positive development was the fact that there was no crackdown on the Bersih 4 rally last weekend, he said. Read more