Alerts in Malaysia
Date: 26 October 2011
Abdul Aziz Bari, professor of constitutional law at the International Islamic University of Malaysia, was suspended from his position after criticizing a decree made by the Sultan of Selangor. He was later reinstated but remains under investigation in what appears to be a clear violation of academic freedom.
Date: 23 February 2006
Five undergraduate students of the University Sains Malaysia in Penang are facing legal action for expression their opinion in press statements and leaflets where they protested the validity of the campus electoral processes (activities prohibited under the University and University Colleges Act (UUCA) of 1971).
Date: 07 June 2005
NEAR has been informed by the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) of the acquittal of seven Malaysian students (known as the ISA7) who were charged with illegal assembly on 8 June 2001. BACKGROUND INFORMATION: The seven students in 2003 when they were charged with illegal assembly and then suspended from their university studies for their participation in a demonstration on 8 June 2001 (Please see related NEAR Alerts).
Date: 24 March 2005
Wan Min Wan Mat, a Malaysian university lecturer who was arrested in September 2002 in connection with the Bali bombings, has been freed a year before his due release date, ABC News reported on the 23rd March 2005.
Date: 17 February 2005
The Science University of Malaysia (USM) has for the second time (please see related NEAR Alerts) investigated Ali Bukhari Amir, a senior communications major at the school, for his critical articles on the university. The focus of the investigation has now shifted to the student's website and his role in founding a writers' association.
Date: 07 January 2005
Malaysian university students have suffered multi-facetted discrimination over the years. In the most recent case a student was suspended for publishing an article for a campus newspaper. The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) has written a letter to Professor Dato' Dzulkifli Abdul Razak and Associate Professor Dato' Jamaluddin Mohaiadin, of the Science University of Malaysia complaining about a system of discrimination.
Date: 27 October 2003
The trial against 7 students (know also the ‘ISA7’) arrested during an assembly in 2000, will resume on 27 October 2003. BACKGROUND INFORMATION On 8 June 2000, more than 500 students protested against Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA) of 1960 in front of the National Museum in Kuala Lumpur.
Date: 07 July 2003
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received a report that the academic careers of seven university students who were detained allegedly for illegal assembly on 8 June 2000, continue to wait for the resumption of their studies pending their trial, which has dragged on for more than three years.
Date: 13 January 2003
Amnesty International has issued an Action Alert the 13 January 2003 regarding he arrest of two men in Malaysia. The two men were reportedly arrested on 11 January 2003 by the Malaysian police under the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for indefinite detention without charge or trial. It is not known where they are being held, or whether they have access to legal representation or to their families.
Date: 16 October 2002
Amnesty International issued an action alert on 16 October 2002. Shaari Mustapha, a religious teacher, and other 4 people have been arrested on 16 October by the Malaysian police under the Internal Security Act (ISA). It is not known where they are being held, or whether they have access to legal representation or their families.
Date: 27 September 2002
Amnesty International has issued this Action Alert on 27 September 2002. On 27 September, Malaysian police arrested Wan Min Wan Mat, a former lecturer at Malaysia Technology University (Universiti Teknologi Malaysia), under the Malaysian Internal Security Act (ISA). It is not known where he is being held and whether he has access to family or legal representation.