Suhakam: Repeal Sedition Act, review Peaceful Assembly Act

Source: Free Malaysia Today

These are among nearly 30 recommendations for the government to implement to restore human rights conditions in the country.

Suhakam chairman Razali Ismail says the commission will strive to improve Malaysia’s human rights situation. Image from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has urged the government to repeal the Sedition Act and review provisions of the Peaceful Assembly Act.

It said there had been an alarming escalation of arrests and prosecutions under the Sedition Act.

As for the Peaceful Assembly Act, it said intimidation and unjustifiable arrests of assembly participants still occurred during certain public assemblies.

It called for a review of the law in three areas: prohibition of street protests and the organisation of assemblies by persons below 21 years old; strict requirements for 10-day notification prior to the assembly; and specified prohibited places of assembly.

These were among nearly 30 recommendations covered in its latest Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Stakeholder Report released today. Read more