12 Apr '12, 6am

ISA repealed BUT @talk2wr: Malaysia Security Bill Threatens Basic Liberties: HRW

Malaysia’s proposed bill to replace a hated security law that allows indefinite detention without trial opens the door to a range of future abuses, Human Rights Watch warned Wednesday. In September Prime Minister Najib Razak promised to repeal the colonial-era Internal Security Act (ISA) which in the past had been used against political opponents and suspected terrorists. Najib, who took power three years ago, has been courting voters with polls expected to be called soon in what will likely be a tight battle against a resurgent opposition led by Anwar Ibrahim. The new Security Offences (Special Measures) Bill was presented in parliament on Tuesday and if passed next week guarantees detainees access to a legal counsel after 48 hours. It also prohibits arrest solely on the basis of “political belief or political activity”. “The Malaysian government is putting to rest the lo...

Full article: http://anwaribrahimblog.com/2012/04/12/malaysia-security-...

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