STATEMENT: HAKAM condemns toxic online bullying against Ms Maryam Lee and other proponents of UndiRosak Movement

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STATEMENT DATED 31 Jan 2018

HAKAM CONDEMNS TOXIC ONLINE BULLYING AGAINST
MS MARYAM LEE AND OTHER PROPONENTS OF UNDIROSAK MOVEMENT

Ms Maryam Lee, activist and writer, has received a vicious onslaught of online abuse following her public comments on the #UndiRosak Movement. The attacks on Ms Lee go far beyond criticism of her political ideas. Rather, they attack and bully her personally.

These online attacks are a breach of Ms Lee’s right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment[1] and her right to hold and express opinions without interference.[2] Political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse, not through immature, personal attacks. Productive public discourse requires us to respect the humanity of our opponents, even if we strongly disagree with their views. Everyone is entitled to the protections human rights provide, regardless of their political view.

The gendered nature of the abuse received by Ms Lee breaches her right to be free from sex-based discrimination. This sends a devastating message to politically active young women. It says that their voices will be silenced and that they will be ridiculed in the most personal ways, with attackers targeting their sexuality, their bodies and ultimately, their humanity.

HAKAM condemns this toxic bullying against Ms Lee and other proponents of #UndiRosak.

 

Issued on behalf of the HAKAM Executive Committee

Robyn Choi
Secretary-General
HAKAM

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[1] Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810,1948, art 5; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1966, art 7

[2] International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1966, art 19

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