Malaysia

Freedom of expression in Malaysia continues to deteriorate, with human rights defenders, journalists and protestors targeted with criminal sanctions for exercising their rights. The government has yet to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and many of the country’s laws fall short of international standards on free expression. Laws such as the Penal Code and Sedition Act, as well as increasingly the Communications and Multimedia Act, are used against human rights defenders and media organisations for comments online and offline which are critical of the government and address corruption.

ARTICLE 19’s work in Malaysia includes advocating for the reform of laws which restrict free expression, working to improve religious tolerance and combat hate speech, and documenting violations of freedom of expression in Malaysia.  We work to address three inter-related issues: the use of hate speech and discriminatory language on social media targeting religious and ethnic minorities; moves by the government to limit on- and off-line speech through criminal defamation and other legal action; and the capacity deficit of government institutions mandated to protect freedom of expression.

Blog: End hate speech and discrimination in Malaysia
17.06.2022 6 min read

Blog: End hate speech and discrimination in Malaysia

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Malaysia: End hateful rhetoric against Rohingya refugees
28.04.2022 6 min read

Malaysia: End hateful rhetoric against Rohingya refugees

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Malaysia: Government continues to fall short on its human rights protections
22.03.2022 2 min read

Malaysia: Government continues to fall short on its human rights protections

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Malaysia: High Court lifts ban on ‘Gay is OK! A Christian Perspective’
22.02.2022 2 min read

Malaysia: High Court lifts ban on ‘Gay is OK! A Christian Perspective’

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Malaysia: Second criminal charge against artist Fahmi Reza this year
17.02.2022 1 min read

Malaysia: Second criminal charge against artist Fahmi Reza this year

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Malaysia: Satire is not a crime, drop charges against Fahmi Reza
10.02.2022 2 min read

Malaysia: Satire is not a crime, drop charges against Fahmi Reza

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Malaysia: IPCC bill is a step backwards for police accountability
27.10.2021 12 min read

Malaysia: IPCC bill is a step backwards for police accountability

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Malaysia: With a seat at the UN Human Rights Council Malaysia must strengthen its commitments to human rights at home
15.10.2021 2 min read

Malaysia: With a seat at the UN Human Rights Council Malaysia must strengthen its commitments to human rights at home

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Malaysia: Government must respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership
17.09.2021 18 min read

Malaysia: Government must respect human rights as it seeks UN Human Rights Council membership

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