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UN high commissioner slams Malaysia’s ‘democratic malaise’

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein - Photograph: UN/Jean-Marc Ferré

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Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein issued the following statement of concern at the UN Human Rights Council’s 31st session on 10 March 2016.

In Malaysia, democratic space continues to be limited, with the government applying “sedition” and other charges to an ever-widening circle of journalists, human rights defenders, political opponents and critical voices.

The enactment of the Prevention of Terrorist Act and the National Security Council Act, without proper human rights safeguards, and without transparent and consultative process, is also a matter of concern.

The imprisonment of a former opposition leader, Anwar Ibrahim – whose detention has been ruled arbitrary by the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention – is emblematic of a broader democratic malaise.

Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein is the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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