Right to Peaceful Assembly Rendered Illusory by Arbitrary Arrests and Oppressive Remand Orders – Bar Council

Source: The Malaysian Bar

Press Release | Right to Peaceful Assembly Rendered Illusory by Arbitrary Arrests and Oppressive Remand Orders

The Malaysian Bar is very concerned over the police action against some of the participants of the “Bantah GST” (“Oppose the Goods and Services Tax”) public rally held in Kuala Lumpur on 1 May 2015.

The fundamental right to peacefully protest on a matter of public interest is a norm in any vibrant democracy. It is a recognised and legitimate form of public expression of concern, and must not be curtailed through harsh or punitive measures in order to stifle contrary views. A modern and progressive nation must embrace peaceful expressions of dissent, and promote engagement and attempts at mutual resolution of the concerns. Read more