23 arrested in relation to BERSIH’s submission of memorandum to Parliament

the real celebration for this year HR day was in the Jalan Duta court yesterday. lot ppls turn up there yesterday.

today, Tian Chua has been brought to the Duta court arrested as yesterday he charged together with others.

everyone, let’s go to IPKKL or Jalan Duta court to show our solidarity.

Latest: P Uthayakumar rearrested and taken to the Cheras police contingent headquarter, near Taman Maluri

Urgent Appeal by SUARAM
The government’s crackdown on peaceful assembly continued, when the police arrested 23 individuals, including SUARAM executive director Yap Swee Seng, in relation to BERSIH’s submission of a memorandum to the Parliament this morning.

Those arrested are reported to be held at the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK Kuala Lumpur). As of 2pm, 23 individuals are confirmed to be detained at IPK Kuala Lumpur.

Arrested at Lake Gardens (11am)

16 of them were arrested near Lake Gardens, when they were on the way to the Parliament:

1. S. Arutchelvan
2. Sivarajan Arumugam
3. Dr. Nasir Hashim
4. Tian Chua
5. Dr. Hatta Muhd Ramli
6. Abdul Razak Ismail
7. Dr Lo’ Lo’ Hj Muhd Ghazali
8. Ang Hiok Gai
9. Nurida Md Salleh
10. Sabri Shafie
11. Hashim Awang
12. Azira Ariffin
13. Nasruddin Hassan Tentawi
14. Abdul Muhaimin Roslan (13 years old)
15. Muhd Badillah Muda
16. Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim

Arrested at the Parliament (1pm)

Another 6 were arrested as they were leaving the Parliament building at approximately 1.00-1.30pm, after submitting the memorandum to the Parliament:

1. Dr Dzulkifli Ahmad
2. Yap Swee Seng
3. Wong Chin Huat
4. V. Gayathry
5. Mien Lor
6. Mokhtar Rozaidi

Arrested in front of IPK Kuala Lumpur (2pm)

At approximately 2pm, another activist, Noorashimah, was arrested in front of the Kuala Lumpur Contingent Police Headquarters (IPK Kuala Lumpur) when she protested the arrests.

Police intimidation at PAS headquarters

The police have also reportedly surrounded the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) headquarters at Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur.

SUARAM strongly condemns the Malaysian government and the police for their ongoing crackdown and attacks on freedom of assembly, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. We demand for the unconditional and immediate release of all those arrested.

Urgent actions needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation and outrage on the latest arrests and the ongoing crackdown on freedom of assembly and all form of dissent and criticisms. Please also demand the Malaysian government for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested.

Your protest letters should be sent to:

1. Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Prime Minister’s Office Malaysia

Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 PUTRAJAYA,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: + 60 3 8888 6000

Fax: + 60 3 8888 3444

2. Inspector-General of Police

Tan Sri Musa Hassan

Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

50560 Bukit Aman,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2262 6015

Fax: +603 2272 5613

SAMPLE LETTER

[Letterhead of your organisation]

Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Prime Minister’s Office Malaysia

Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 PUTRAJAYA,

Selangor, Malaysia.

Tel: + 60 3 8888 6000

Fax: + 60 3 8888 3444

Dear Sir,

Re: Continued crackdown of assemblies – 23 arrested in memorandum submission

We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and to register our strongest condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown on public assemblies. In the latest round of arrests, 23 individuals were arrested by the police in relation to the submission of memorandum by BERSIH to the Parliament.

We are appalled by your government and the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from participating in any form of public assembly.

We demand that all those arrested be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that your government stop the assault on freedom of assembly and all forms of criticisms. We also reiterate our condemnation towards the repeated threats to use the ISA and the ridiculous charges pressed against demonstrators recently.

With this relentless attack on freedom of assembly, despite your rhetoric on your willingness to listen to the people, you have demonstrated the traits of an iron-clad ruler, with no regards whatsoever for basic human rights standards.

We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of assembly is guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

Yours sincerely,

[Name]

Posted in Demokrasi, Pilihanraya
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