In recent weeks, the Government has embarked on a campaign to stop and suppress the rights of Malaysians to peaceful assembly.
The Right to Assemble is a fundamental right enshrined in the Federal Constitution Article 10, Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (Article 20) and International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights 1966 (Article 21)
Based on the intimidation, threat and the use of draconian laws like the police Act Section 27 and the misuse of Magistrate Court order to suppress assemblies and the continued use of malicious advertisements in the media, the Government is all out to put an end to Peaceful Public Assembly. If we allow this, it would be a major blow to human rights and our democratic rights.
To defend our right to public assembly, The Coalition To Defend The Right To Assemble which is represented by community-based organizations, NGOs and political parties will organize a peaceful assembly at SUHAKAM.
To highlight and protect :
- The Right to Peaceful Assembly as enshrined under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution
- To support the position of SUHAKAM in protecting the right to peaceful assembly and its position in opposing the issuance of police permits
- To oppose and protest the action of the Government and other parties in undermining the Right of the Rakyat to assemble peacefully
The Peaceful Assembly as well as the memorandum handover will take place as follows:
Date : 19 December 2007 (Wednesday)
Time : 11 am
Venue : SUHAKAM Office, Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur
For enquiries, contact the Spokespersons for this coalition: