Amnesty: Crackdown on activists a ‘misuse of criminal justice system’

Source: FMT News

NGO says authorities are increasingly responding to activities aimed at expressing dissent and protesting against injustice with ‘baseless police investigations’. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International has hit out at a recent crackdown on activists in Malaysia, calling it a misuse of the criminal justice system.

Pointing out that more than seven political activists and human rights defenders have been summoned by the police in the past week alone, the NGO said the trend further restricted public debate while reducing the space in which civil society operates.

In a statement today, it expressed alarm that the authorities were increasingly responding to activities aiming to express dissent and protest against injustice with “baseless police investigations”.

“The Malaysian authorities must immediately halt the misuse of the criminal justice system to harass and intimidate political activists and human rights defenders for their peaceful activities,” it said. Read more