Friday, 22 June 2007

Urgent Appeal Updates 2: Detention of Two Human Rights Defenders Extended

The two human rights defenders, Nyam Kee Han and See Siew Min, who were arrested yesterday (17 June 2007) in Johor Bahru for leafleting were brough to a magistrate's court today. The police applied for three-day remand order, however the magistrate only granted a 24-hour remand.

The police will have to decide to release them or charge them in court tomorrow or they can apply for another extension of the detention. The police said if they are charged, it would be like for illegal assembly and inciting riots.

Suaram protested strongly against the remand of the two activists. This is clearly a human rights violation, an abuse of power by the police and a decision with bad faith to punish the two human rights defenders who have been campaigned against abuse of power of the police.

For more information, please contact Tah Moon Hui at +60 3 77843525, mobile: +60 12 7209981 or email: suaram@suaram.net.


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