STOP the ongoing crackdown pro-electoral reform activist and supporters!

Please help #bersih supporters that have been arrest on the ongoing crackdown on pro-electoral reform activist and bersih supporters. Read urgent appeal below, if you are not on the street and want to help out, u can help by  write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the on-going crackdown against human rights defenders and ordinary citizens. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow Malaysian citizens to practice their freedom of expression and assembly as stated under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. (more info read below)

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STOP THE ON-GOING CRACKDOWN ON FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION  AND PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY

URGENT APPEAL: 9 July 2011  (release by SUARAM)

Bersih 2.0 Related Arrests – http://geoblog.feedgeorge.com/Bersih/

Twitter: http://twitter.com/SUARAMtweets

A police crackdown on pro-electoral reform activists and human rights defenders has begun in Kuala Lumpur. As of 11am, more than 24 individuals have been arrested in and around Kuala Lumpur. Reports also indicate that police have started firing tear gas at the public in the vicinity of KLCC.

SUARAM is appalled that the police have resorted to using tear gas to disperse people exercising their right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

SUARAM strongly condemns the abuse of power and the harassment of supporters of BERSIH 2.0, a coalition of 62 NGOs and civil society organisations calling for electoral reform.

SUARAM demands the immediate and unconditional release of the 24 persons. SUARAM also demands that the police stop this campaign of harassment and intimidation of citizens that are merely exercising their right to freedom of expression, a right which is enshrined in the Federal Constitution as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Released by,

Sarah Devaraj

Project Coordinator

SUARAM

Urgent action needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the on-going crackdown against human rights defenders and ordinary citizens. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow Malaysian citizens to practice their freedom of expression and assembly as stated under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

Please call and/or send your protest letters to:

Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak

Prime Minister of Malaysia,

Prime Minister’s Office,

Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 Putrajaya , MALAYSIA

Tel: 603-8888 8000

Fax: 603-8888 3444

E-Mail: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin bin Tun Hussein

Minister of Home Affairs Malaysia

Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D

Pusat Pentadbiran

Kerajaan Persekutuan

62546 Putrajaya

Inspector-General of Police

Tan Sri Ismail Omar,

Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

50560 Bukit Aman,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2262 6015

Fax: +603 2272 5613

Tan Sri Hasmy Agam

Chairman,

Malaysian Human Rights Commission,

Level 11, Menara TH Perdana,

Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03 26125600

Fax: 03 26125620

Mr. Frank La Rue

Special Rapporteur on The Promotion and Protection of The Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

Fax: +41 22 917 9006

Email: freedex@ohchr.org

Ms. Margaret Sekaggya

Special Rapporteur on The Situation On Human Rights Defenders,

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Email: defenders@ohchr.org, urgent-action@ohchr.org

Christine Chung

Human Rights Officer,

Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights,

Asia Pacific Section, Asia Pacific and Middle East Branch,

Field Operation & Technical Cooperation,

OHCHR- Palais Wilson,

United Nationas Office at Geneva,

CH-1211 Geneva 10,

Switzerland.

Tel: +41 (0) 229289673

Fax: +41 (0) 22928 9018

Email: cchung@ohchr.org

SAMPLE LETTER

[Letterhead of your organisation]

Inspector-General of Police

Tan Sri Ismail Omar,

Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

50560 Bukit Aman,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2262 6015

Fax: +603 2272 5613

Dear Sir,

Re: STOP THE INTIMIDATION AND RESPECT CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOMS

We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the Malaysian government’s on-going crackdown on freedom of expression.

We are appalled by the unwarranted police action and view this as yet another attempt by the Malaysian government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

We demand that the government stop this assault on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly.

We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

Yours sincerely,

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