Since the last general elections in 2013, human rights in Malaysia have come under attack. In particular, the government has failed to respect and protect the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly. Torture, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment by police has continued. Refugees and asylum-seekers, LGBTI communities and Indigenous peoples have also experienced violations of their rights. One of the top items of the new governments’ agenda should be to address the regression of human rights in Malaysia and act on pressing concerns, including those in this agenda.
Ahead of general elections in Malaysia in 2018, Amnesty International calls on all election candidates to respect, protect, fulfill and promote human rights for all, and to publicly commit to meeting Malaysia’s international human rights obligations.
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