Malaysian law criminalizing dissent threatens free expression – UN experts

A group of independent United Nations rights experts today urged the Government of Malaysia to withdraw its Sedition Act of 1948 amid allegations that critics of the country’s authorities have faced increasing criminalization and persecution.

Malaysia: UN rights office urges review of colonial-era Sedition Act

The United Nations human rights office today urged Malaysian authorities to immediately stop investigations and prosecutions under a 1948 law that curbed free speech and freedom of expression in the South-east Asian nation.

Ban expresses condolences after crash of Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed his condolences following today’s crash of a Malaysia Airlines plane in Ukraine, and called for a full investigation into the disaster.

Malaysia: UN rights office urges Government to rethink ban of civil society group

The United Nations human rights office today expressed concern about a decision by the Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs to declare illegal a coalition of 54 mainly non-Islamic civil society groups focused on human rights known by the acronym COMANGO.