It’s not just doctors in Malaysia who are clamouring for Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj’s immediate release. Now the global People’s Health Movement has added its voice to the demand.
Prime Minister YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak
Home Minister YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
IGP Tan Sri Ismail Omar
20 July 2011
Dear Honourable Ministers
Arrest and detention of Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj
The People’s Health Movement, a global network bringing together grassroots activists, civil society organisations, academics and health workers from around the world, strongly condemns the arrest and detention of Dr Jeyakumar Devaraj and five others under the Emergency Ordinance. We have heard that due to ill health, Dr Kumar has been moved to hospital.
Dr Kumar, who has been involved with People’s Health Movement since our inception, is well respected for his contributions to public health and social justice. Since completing medical school, Dr Kumar has spent significant time working in some of the most remote rural areas, working tirelessly to bring services to the poor and marginalised and to address the structural and social determinants of health. He has also worked on a number of national initiatives to improve equitable access of health services to the poor.
Given Dr Kumar’s standing in the community and his professionalism and commitment in serving and bringing health services to all people of Malaysia, we feel it imperative that the authorities expedite his release, together with the other five people who remain in detention. Furthermore, as co-health-workers, we are deeply concerned about further adverse effect the arrest and detention will have on Dr Kumar’s health.
On behalf of the People’s Health Movement Steering Council
1. YAB Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak,
Prime Minister, Malaysia
Fax: +60 3 88883444
2. YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein
Menteri Kementerian Dalam Negeri – (Home Minister)
Fax: +60 3 88891613/+60 3 88891610
3. Tan Sri Ismail Omar
Ketua Polis Negara (IGP)
Fax: +60 3 22725613
The Peope’s Health Movement has bases in more than 70 countries (country circles). In 2000, 1453 participants from 92 countries attended an assembly in Bangladesh which endorsed the global People’s Charter for Health. More information at http://www.phmovement.org/en