FORUM-ASIA Statement on Malaysia: End the Harassment of Sevan Doraisamy, Repeal Repressive Laws

The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the continued harassment of the Executive Director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Sevan Doraisamy. The harassment seems to have been triggered by the organization’s activities calling for the repeal of Malaysia’s repressive security law.

The Government of Malaysia should end its persecution of human rights defenders, and instead, fulfill earlier promises of repealing Malaysia’s repressive laws.

“We have the responsibility to put human rights perspective to all that is happening (..) so when we do our work, and it’s part of our job, it is very intimidating and it is purely harassment when the police (..) call you for questioning,’ said Doraisamy in a press conference. The judicial harassment of Doraisamy further proves the assertion of SUARAM that despite Pakatan Harapan’s initial promises of reform, the rights of Malaysians are no better or worse than under the previous Government.