Global Bersih condemns the government’s crackdown on Lim Guan Eng

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on the evening of 28 June 2016. He faces two charges, i.e. Section 23 of the MACC Act and Section 165 of the Penal code. The first charge carries a jail term of not more than 20 years and a fine of five times the value of gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.     Lim is accused of using his public office or position to obtain gratification for himself by approving an application by Magnificent Emblem…

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MALAYSIA FEDERAL COURT REFUSES TO HEAR EVIDENCE OF CONSPIRACY IN POLITICAL LEADER ANWAR IBRAHIM’S APPEAL OF HIS WRONGFUL CONVICTION

PRESS RELEASE May 23, 2016   MALAYSIA FEDERAL COURT REFUSES TO HEAR EVIDENCE OF CONSPIRACY IN POLITICAL LEADER ANWAR IBRAHIM’S APPEAL OF HIS WRONGFUL CONVICTION   Legal team publishes major report detailing history of Malaysia government’s persecution of Anwar Ibrahim   Washington D.C. – A Malaysia Federal Court has rejected new evidence only available after the February 2015 conviction of political leader Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy, which would have proven the government’s history of fabricating evidence against him.  In May 2015, Malaysia’s former national Criminal Investigation Department chief testified under…

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Global Bersih condemns the ban against Opposition, NGO leaders and Activists from mainland Malaysia from entering Sarawak

International electoral ‘rules of the game’ calls for a level playing field during any type of elections. A legal framework that limits access to the process and undermines the means to engage in a fair contest, or lacks some minimum rules conducting the conduct of all players in the process, is basically deemed as a tool to favour the re-election of dominant parties and politicians, and to exclude others.   These destabilizing electoral process factors are now being adopted by the Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem. As the polling day…

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Media Statement – Sarawak 2016 State Election

Global Bersih are extremely concerned over the conduct of the Sarawak state elections on 8th May 2016. A total of 72 out of 82 state seats were ‘won’ by the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, despite the mounting political crisis engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak and his regime following multiple allegations of grand corruption involving billions of dollars. In the lead-up to polling day, there were numerous reports and allegations of electoral fraud, vote-buying and money politics. Bersih 2.0, the Malaysian coalition for free and fair elections, had Pemantau (election…

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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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Global Bersih Condemns The Decision of The High Court of Shah Alam In Upholding The Home Ministry’s Ban On Bersih 4 Yellow T-shirts

Less than a week to the Bersih 4 Rally last year on August 29/30th, the Home Ministry banned Bersih 4 yellow t-shirts. Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah immediately filed a judicial review application against the ministry’s action but on February 19th 2016, the High Court of Shah Alam has set aside Bersih 2.0’s challenge on the ban of Bersih 4 t-shirts. Global Bersih stands in solidarity with Bersih 2.0 and strongly disagrees with the High Court’s decision. Despite the ban, Malaysians and friends of Malaysia all over the world,…

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Global Bersih Urges that Charges against Maria Chin Abdullah be dropped

IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE GLOBAL BERSIH URGES THAT CHARGES AGAINST MARIA CHIN ABDULLAH BE DROPPED Global Bersih is appalled at the charging of Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah on 3 November under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, for allegedly failing to give the police 10 days’ notice of the Bersih 4 rally. Despite the Bersih 2.0 coalition having followed due process, even notifying the police of the rally 10 days beforehand, the police insisted on charging Maria. The Bersih 2.0 chairperson will claim trial under Section 9(1) of the Peaceful…

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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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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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Global Bersih Denounces Efforts to Threaten Bersih 4 Solidarity Rallies Globally

GLOBAL BERSIH STATEMENT: GB DENOUNCES EFFORTS TO THREATEN BERSIH 4 SOLIDARITY RALLIES GLOBALLY Geneva, 28 August 2015 — Global Bersih applauds Bersih 2.0’s negotiations with the Malaysian police to ensure the peaceful nature of the upcoming Bersih 4. But Global Bersih condemns the rising number of threats and intimidation incidents against Global Bersih solidarity rally organizers as well as would-be participants around the world. Reports of Malaysian scholarship students abroad receiving threatening official letters that raise the revoking of their scholarships and warnings against participating in any Bersih-related activity is…

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