Global Bersih Calls On Malaysian Senators To Reject National Security Council Bill 2015

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE GLOBAL BERSIH CALLS ON MALAYSIAN SENATORS TO REJECT NATIONAL SECURITY  COUNCIL BILL 2015 Global Bersih notes with very great concern the passage of the National Security Council Bill by Malaysia’s Dewan Rakyat on 3 December; condemns the unseemly haste and lack of due process with which this was done; and calls on the 66 senators of the Dewan Negara – as well as the Yang di-Pertuan Agung – to reject this bill in order to safeguard the fundamental liberties of the Malaysian people. In doing so, Global…

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MALAYSIA NOW – November 2015

November e-newsletter Bersih 2.0’s Neverending Judiciary Challenges Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah pleaded not guilty to a charge that claims that she had not given notice to the authorities for organizing the Bersih 4 rally. The trial is set to commence on December 11. This follows the Court of Appeals’ verdict that giving notice to authorities is considered mandatory in the constitution, despite a previous ruling that contested otherwise. A challenge filed by Bersih 2.0 against the Home Ministry’s gazette banning Bersih t-shirts and other materials a few days…

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MALAYSIA NOW – October 2015

October e-newsletter October was Budget month, the annual government document that plans the coming financial year. At a time of growing global economic uncertainty, the 2016 Budget is a critical part in explaining (or not) how Malaysia survives the downturn in oil, gas and commodity prices as debt rises. But October was also witness to attacks on Malaysia’s freedom of expression, free speech, and a crackdown on activists. Law professor Azmi Sharom’s challenge against the Sedition Act – calling for the Act to be ruled unconstitutional – was thrown out…

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Forum with Ivy Josiah (Global Bersih & Member of Programme Committee, Bersih 4 Malaysia)

Bersih Netherlands (Bersih NL) will organise a Forum featuring Global Bersih steering committee member Ivy Josiah, who’s also member of Programme Committee for Bersih 4. Bersih NL would like to call upon Malaysians to come together to find out what is going on in Malaysia now. They are also launching the Bersih NL movement and they would be presenting their goals and missions and to gather support from all Malaysians in NL. Date: November 1 Time: 2pm – 4pm Venue: The American Book Center, Lange Poten 23, The Hague. For more…

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Malaysian Judiciary has failed to uphold freedom of opinion and expression in Malaysia’s Police State

SUARAM INTERNATIONAL and GLOBAL BERSIH are extremely disappointed and appalled with the Federal Court decision maintaining that the Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948 is constitutional. Sadly, by not recognizing that the Sedition Act as unconstitutional, the country’s judicial system has allowed the government and police to misuse the Sedition Act, thereby legitimising serious human rights violations against freedom of speech and expression in Malaysia. Dr. Azmi Sharom was charged under Section 4(1)(b) and Section 4(1) (c) of the Sedition Act 1948. He was charged over his professional comments…

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MALAYSIA NOW – September 2015

September e-newsletter The 29th and 30th of August saw Malaysians all over the world and in Kuala Lumpur gather together in yellow shirts, voicing from the bottom of their hearts, the five demands – clean elections, clean government, strengthen parliamentary democracy, right to dissent, save the economy, in view of what was seen as blatant abuse of the executive branch including when the Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail, then heading the special investigative team towards 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was inexplicably removed. The fourth edition of the Bersih rally…

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Forum with Maria Chin Abdullah and Dato’ Noor Farida, in London on 3 Oct 2015

After Bersih 4, where is Malaysia heading? A public forum on the political situation in Malaysia after the Bersih 4 rally in August 2015. Invited speakers : Maria Chin Abdullah, Bersih 2.0 chairperson Dato Noor Farida Ariffin, G25 member When: 2-5pm on Saturday, 3 October 2015 Where: Conway Hall (25 Red Lion Square, WC1R 4RL London, United Kingdom) Tickets: At the door or online from http://tiny.cc/kkde3x Organiser: Monsoons Book Club Facebook event page

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Forum with Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah, in Geneva on 4 Oct 2015

Global Bersih in Geneva welcomes Maria Chin Abdullah chairperson of the Bersih 2.0 coalition for a fundraiser buffet lunch followed by a presentation and Q and A session. When: Sunday, 4 October, 12-3pm Where: UNI – Global Union (at the cafeteria) 8-10 Avenue Reverdil, 1260 NYON, Switzerland Price: 25CHF per person including drinks There will be a donation box for those willing to contribute to the Global Bersih fund. To confirm attendance, please e-mail: geneva@globalbersih.org Announcement in pdf format FB event page

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Forum with Malaysian Bar President Steven Thiru on Civil Liberties, in Paris on 2 Oct 2015

QUELLES PERSPECTIVES POUR LES LIBERTES DES CITOYENS EN MALAISIE ? Echange-débat sur la situation des droits de l’homme et ses enjeux législatifs en Malaisie Fin août 2015, 500 000 personnes sont descendues dans les rues de Malaisie et du monde entier à l’appel de Bersih 2.0 (coalition d’une centaine d’ONG) pour exiger des réformes institutionnelles, dans le sillage de l’un des plus grands scandales de corruption dans l’histoire du pays. Des organisateurs et des manifestants ont fait l’objet d’enquêtes policières au titre de récents dispositifs légaux portant sur des “activités…

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Global Bersih Condemns Threats of Legal Action against Bersih 4 Solidarity Rally Participants

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE GLOBAL BERSIH CONDEMNS THREATS OF LEGAL ACTION AGAINST GB PARTICIPANTS Geneva, 3 September 2015 — Global Bersih unequivocally condemns reports of the Malaysian Foreign Ministry threatening Malaysians abroad with legal action for participating in Bersih solidarity rallies across the world. Deputy Foreign Minister Reezal Merican was reported to have said that the identity of Malaysians who participated in such rallies would be collected and “handed over to the relevant authorities for action”. He claimed “their actions could tarnish the image of the country at the international level”.…

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