Protect rights of others who might suffer fate similar to Anwar’s, urges human rights group

17-May-2018 Intellasia | Malay Mail | 6:00 AM Print This Post

As many celebrate the release of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, the Human Rights Watch urged the new government to ensure that Anwar’s fate under former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration did not befall other activists and politicians.

In a statement today, Human Rights Watch’s deputy Asia director Phil Robertson said that the injustice that Anwar faced resulting in his imprisonment must not be forgotten and that it should serve as a catalyst to revise and revoke laws that abuse rights in Malaysia.

“Freeing Anwar was a long time coming, while people in Malaysia and around the world are delighted, no one should forget the injustice he faced serving a long sentence for a crime that should never (have) been considered a crime,” he said.

“It’s not surprising that there has now been this political solution, in the form of a new government granting his freedom, to his case which former prime minister Najib politicised from the very start to sideline a formidable political opponent.”

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim waves to the crowd as he leaves the Cheras Rehabilitation Centre in Kuala Lumpur on May 16, 2018. ( Malay Mail)

“The new Pakatan Harapan government should now get busy revising or revoking the many rights abusing laws that are still on the books in Malaysia so that other politicians and activists do not suffer a similar injustice to what Anwar faced,” added Robertson.

Echoing such sentiments was The Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement(ABIM) who welcomed the release of its former president, Anwar.

It’s current president, Mohamad Raimi Ab Rahim, said that the occasion was a momentous mark of change for bigger reforms that will benefit the country.

“ABIM expresses sincere appreciation to His Majesty, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V for his consent to release Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from detention,” he said.

“DYMM has shown that he deeply understands the aspirations and desires of the people of Malaysia.”

“ABIM also thanks prime minister(PM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who worked on the release of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. Hopefully this release can help the PM and his leadership steer Malaysia down a brighter and more reassured path,” added Mohamad Raimi.



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