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Rights Group Demands Release of Malaysian Rally Organizers

Posted July 21st, 2011 at 1:05 am (UTC-5)
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A leading human rights group is calling for Malaysia to immediately release six leaders of an opposition party who are being held without charges because of their role in organizing a mass protest this month. New York-based Human Rights Watch also called Thursday for charges to be dropped against 21 party members who are free […]

Malaysia Bans Import of Australian Horses

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 9:55 pm (UTC-5)
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Malaysia has banned the import of race horses from Australia following an outbreak of a deadly virus. The Veterinary Services Department said Thursday the ban is a precautionary measure until Australian authorities give clearance to horses for export. Twelve horses have died in Australia since mid-June after being infected with the deadly Hendra virus. The […]

Malaysia Rescues 46 Suspected Illegal Immigrants From Sinking Boat

Posted July 20th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they have rescued 46 Indonesians whose boat was about to sink in waters between the two countries. The men are believed to have been working illegally in Malaysia and trying to make their way home to celebrate Ramadan, the Muslim fasting month which begins in August. The men have been taken […]

Malaysian Transsexual Loses Court Bid to Change Gender

Posted July 19th, 2011 at 3:45 am (UTC-5)
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A Malaysian court has rejected a request by a woman who underwent a sex-change operation to officially change her identity from a man to a woman. Ashraf Hafiz Abdul Aziz underwent a complete sex change operation in 2008 in Thailand, but the National Registration Department has rejected her application to change her name on her […]

Vatican and Malaysia Establish Diplomatic Ties

Posted July 18th, 2011 at 10:20 am (UTC-5)
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The Vatican and the predominately Muslim nation of Malaysia have established diplomatic relations. The Vatican made the announcement Monday after Pope Benedict met with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak south of Rome. Religious tensions have been on the rise in Malaysia in recent years, with religious minority groups complaining of discrimination by the country’s Muslim […]

Anwar Ibrahim Defense to Present Witnesses From August 8

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:28 am (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for Anwar Ibrahim will have three weeks beginning August 8 to present their witnesses in the Malaysian opposition leader’s long-running sodomy trial. A high court judge announced the dates Wednesday, setting the stage for Anwar to take the stand in his own defense for the first time. His lawyers will try to prove the […]

Anwar Ibrahim Defense to Present Witnesses From August 8

Posted July 13th, 2011 at 3:28 am (UTC-5)
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Lawyers for Anwar Ibrahim will have three weeks beginning August 8 to present their witnesses in the Malaysian opposition leader’s long-running sodomy trial. A high court judge announced the dates Wednesday, setting the stage for Anwar to take the stand in his own defense for the first time. His lawyers will try to prove the […]

UN Chides Malaysia For Suppressing Protest

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 9:35 am (UTC-5)
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The United Nations human rights office has criticized Malaysia’s crackdown on demonstrators calling for electoral reform. Rupert Colville, spokesman for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Tuesday the U.N. is “very concerned” about Saturday’s use of tear gas and water cannons on tens of thousands of people rallying in Kuala Lumpur. Malaysian authorities […]

UN Envoy Chides Malaysia For Suppressing Protest

Posted July 12th, 2011 at 12:35 am (UTC-5)
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A United Nations human rights expert says Malaysia’s “heavy-handed” response to a demonstration for clean elections on Saturday risks undermining democratic progress in the country. Frank LaRue, an unpaid special envoy on the right to freedom of expression, said Monday that actions taken by the government before and during Saturday’s demonstration “unduly restricted the rights […]

Malaysian Protesters Clash with Police, 1400 Arrested

Posted July 9th, 2011 at 11:20 am (UTC-5)
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Thousands of Malaysians rallying for electoral reforms met with stiff resistance from police in Kuala Lumpur, who pushed back with baton charges, water cannon and tear gas. Police in the capital said more than 1,400 people were arrested Saturday. Most were expected to be released within a few hours. Opposition parties said some of their […]