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Summary In late 2014, police officers entered the home of Lim Ok Kyung, a smuggler in her forties from North Korea’s South Hwanghae province. The police were looking for, and found, home appliances smuggled from China. Lim Ok Kyung was detained at a…
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Torture, Lack of Due Process, Arbitrary Punishment, Corruption Rampant

(Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks any semblance of due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Former detainees described systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic…
An overhead illustration of people in a crowded jail cell
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SOSMA Denies Right to Fair Trial

(Bangkok) – The Malaysian government should urgently repeal the draconian 2012 Security Offenses (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA), Human Rights Watch said today. The detention of 12 people, including two ruling coalition politicians, for more than…
Malaysia's national flag flies in front of the Federal Court on a hazy day in Putrajaya, Malaysia, October 6, 2015.
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Authorities Should Allow Immediate Access to Lawyers, Family

(Kuala Lumpur) – Malaysian authorities on May 2, 2017, detained without charge two Turkish nationals who are longtime Kuala Lumpur residents, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should provide the basis for holding the men –…
Khalid Abu Bakar, Malaysia’s inspector general of police.
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National Security Council Act Should be Repealed

(New York) – Malaysia’s new National Security Council (NSC) Act, which came into force on August 1, 2016, is a tool for repression that should be immediately repealed, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should instead revise its laws to…
Prime Minister Najib Razak gives his National Day address in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on August 30, 2015.
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In this commentary, Joanne Mariner discusses Malaysia's Internal Security Act (ISA), a law under which more than 70 men are currently held in preventive detention. Back in the pre-"war on terror" days, the United States would occasionally criticize…
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Internal Security Act Should Be Repealed

(New York) - Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA), which gives the government unchecked powers to detain individuals for long periods without charge, is a recipe for abuse, Human Rights Watch said today. In a new report released today, Human Rights…
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Detained Without Trial Abuse of Internal Security Act Detainees in Malaysia I. Summary Methodology II. Background III. Current Detainees IV. Physical Abuse and Ill-Treatment of ISA Detainees in Kamunting Detention Center The December 2004 Incident at…
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(New York) - Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi should declare an end to his country’s practice of detaining suspects without trial as he conducts his first visit to the United States and Europe as head of the Malaysian government, Human Rights…
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Human Rights WatchMay 2004, Vol. 16, No. 7 (C) In the Name of Security: Counterterrorism and Human Rights Abuses Under Malaysia's Internal Security Act I. Summary Who They Are The Impact of the Guantanamo Bay Detentions Recommendations II…
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(New York)—A group of detainees held under Malaysia’s draconian Internal Security Act launched a hunger strike yesterday to protest their detention for over two years without charge, Human Rights Watch said today. The Malaysian government should allow…
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(New York)—The Malaysian government should not renew the detention orders of seven men who have been held for more than two years without charge or trial for their alleged involvement in terrorist activities, Human Rights Watch said today. Malaysian…
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A Human Rights Watch Backgrounder

Since the September 11 attacks in the United States, Prime Minister Mahathir has justified use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) on counter-terrorism grounds. The September attacks also prompted a major shift in U.S. policy regarding political repression…
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(Washington, DC) - Under President Bush's November 13th Military Order on military commissions, any foreign national designated by the President as a suspected terrorist or as aiding terrorists could potentially be detained, tried, convicted and even…