Human rights in Malaysia have been seriously threatened since the Perikatan Nasional coalition government took power in March 2020. The coalition has overseen attacks on media freedom, free speech, refugees and migrants, and the LGBT community. The coalition has diluted efforts to hold a long-abusive police force accountable. In January 2021, the government used the Covid-19 pandemic as an excuse to declare a state of emergency, the first in 50 years, suspending parliament until at least August 2021. Covid-19 concerns have also underpinned xenophobic policies to turn away boatloads of Rohingya refugees and round up thousands of undocumented migrant workers.

 

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