Human Rights Issues in Malaysia Essay
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Human rights violations occur on a daily basis in Malaysia. Recently, according to the Associated Press in an article published in The Hindu, an estimated 25,000 protestors rallied on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, demanding electoral reforms prior to the next national polls (Associted Press, 2012). Police fired “tear gas and water laced with stinging chemicals” into the crowd of protestors as retaliation to violation of pre-set barriers by the protestors (Associted Press, 2012). However, prior to that, there were several hours of peaceful protest. Authorities stated that the demonstrators had no right to use Independent Square, “a symbolically important venue that hosts parades and high-profile celebrations” as their protest…show more content…
The government forcibly controls human rights of Malaysian citizens. The International Security Act “permits indefinite detention without charge or trial of any person that officials deem a threat to national security or public order” (Human Rights Watch, 2012). Numerous accounts of violations of freedom of expression and rights to public assembly, guaranteed by the Malaysian Constitution, persist. Media censorship continues as solely the minister of home affairs, without judicial review, can refuse publication of any media. There is continued infringement of sexual orientation and gender identity rights and although the Malaysia’s constitution protects religious freedom for all there are cases of biased treatment to religious minorities (Human Rights Watch, 2012). Not only does the Malaysian government compulsorily manage its citizen’s human rights, they also direct the rights of migrants as well.
Continued human rights violations have also influence Indonesian and Malaysian labor relations. The current labor agreement between Indonesia and Malaysia does not protect minimum wage of Indonesian recruits nor does it limit recruitment fee structures. Often, Indonesian domestic workers hand over several months’ salaries to pay recruitment fees resulting in Malaysian government freedom of movement restrictions in an attempt to deter flight from unpaid debts (Human Rights Watch, 2011). The Malaysia's
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