To the U.S. Government
To the Special Rapporteur on the Independence of the Judiciary
This report was written by Tom Kellogg, Orville Schell fellow for Human Rights Watch, and is based on research by Tom Kellogg and Sam Zarifi, deputy director of the Asia Division of Human Rights Watch, during a mission to Malaysia in December 2003. The report was edited by Sam Zarifi. Brad Adams, executive director of the Asia Division, provided editorial review. The report was also reviewed by James Ross, senior legal adviser for Human Rights Watch, and Joe Saunders, deputy program director. Liz Weiss, coordinator for the Asia Division, provided administrative and technical assistance. Production assistance was provided by Andrea Holley, manager of outreach and publications, Fitzroy Hepkins, mail manager, Veronica Matushaj, photo editor, and Jagdish Parikh, online communications content coordinator.
Human Rights Watch would like to thank the many individuals in Malaysia who contributed invaluably to this report, especially the family members of those still detained under the ISA and those who were themselves formerly detained under the ISA. Unfortunately, current conditions in Malaysia do not permit us to thank the family members we spoke to by name.
This report would not have been possible without the active assistance of Malaysias small community of NGO activists, lawyers, and journalists who have continued their work in the face of constant government pressure. In particular, Human Rights Watch would like to thank Eli Wong of HAKAM, Yap Swee Seng of SUARAM, and Badaruddin Ismail, also known as Pak Din, from the Abolish ISA Movement. Four of the lawyers defending many of the detainees also shared with us their time and insights into their cases: Edmund Bon, Edward Saw, Lateefah Koya, and Amer Hamzah.
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Its Asia division was established in 1985 to monitor and promote the observance of internationally recognized human rights in Asia. Brad Adams is executive director; Saman Zia-Zarifi is deputy director; Veena Siddharth is advocacy director; Sara Colm and Mickey Spiegel are senior researchers; Meg Davis, Meenakshi Ganguly, Ali Hasan, Charmain Mohamed, John Sifton, and Tejshree Thapa are researchers; Thomas Kellogg is Orville Schell Fellow;Liz Weiss is coordinator; and Ami Evangelista is associate. Joanne Leedom-Ackerman is chairperson of the advisory committee.
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