Rapport 2013
La situation des droits humains dans le monde

7 février 2013

First arrests under Malaysia’s oppressive new security law

First arrests under Malaysia’s oppressive new security law
Two men have been arrested under Malaysia's new SOSMA, which replaced the previous Internal Security Act (ISA) that was repealed in 2012.

Two men have been arrested under Malaysia's new SOSMA, which replaced the previous Internal Security Act (ISA) that was repealed in 2012.

© Amnesty International


Sufaat and Hasim are being detained arbitrarily under a deeply flawed law that is not in line with international human rights standards
Source: 
Isabelle Arradon, Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director
Date: 
Je, 07/02/2013

The Malaysian authorities must immediately release or formally charge two Malaysian men now detained under a repressive new security law, Amnesty International said.

Early on Thursday afternoon, police arrested Yazid Sufaat and his co-worker Mohd Hilmi Hasim at a cafeteria in Kuala Lumpur, for allegedly promoting terrorist activities.

It was the first known arrest under the new Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), which was introduced last April.

“Sufaat and Hasim are being detained arbitrarily under a deeply flawed law that is not in line with international human rights standards,” Amnesty International’s Deputy Asia-Pacific Director Isabelle Arradon said.

SOSMA, which replaced Malaysia’s previous Internal Security Act (ISA), fails to meet international human rights standards in several key ways – including by allowing police to detain suspects incommunicado for 48 hours, increasing the risk of torture, and by allowing detention without charge or access to courts for up to 28 days.

Police have so far refused to disclose where Sufaat and Hasim are being held. Sufaat was previously held without trial for more than seven years under the ISA until his release in 2008

“The Malaysian authorities should immediately disclose where Sufaat and his co-worker are held, and give them access to legal counsel,” said Arradon.

“This first arrest under SOSMA shows that the Malaysian authorities have just replaced one oppressive regime with another. The two men should immediately be charged with an internationally recognizable criminal offence and brought to court, or else released.

“The Malaysian authorities should not compromise human rights in the name of security. They should immediately revise or repeal the new security law.”

Despite the repeal of the ISA, it is still reportedly being used to detain some 23 people without trial in Malaysia.

Pays

Malaisie 

Région ou pays

Asie - Pacifique 

Campagnes

Pas de sécurité sans droits humains 

@amnestyonline sur Twitter

Nouvelles

09 avril 2014

Une vue d'ensemble de la crise des droits humains de dimension historique qui secoue actuellement la République centrafricaine.

Pour en savoir plus »
04 mars 2014

Quand Brent Miller a été tué dans la prison de Louisiane où il travaillait, ni Teenie, son épouse, ni ses autres proches ne s’imaginaient qu’ils se retrouveraient mêlés à une... Pour en savoir plus »

27 mars 2014

Les tribunaux japonais ont enfin entendu raison et ordonné la tenue d’un nouveau procès pour un prisonnier qui a passé plus de 40 ans... Pour en savoir plus »

08 avril 2014

Attaques, discrimination, expulsions violentes, privation de logement et extrême pauvreté. La vie des 20 000 Roms de France – dont la plupart sont des migrants – est... Pour en savoir plus »

14 avril 2014

Les restrictions croissantes à la liberté d’expression imposées en cette période préélectorale en Algérie font apparaître des failles choquantes dans le bilan global des droits... Pour en savoir plus »