URGENT APPEAL:Release all the 5 HINDRAF Leaders Now

Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA

URGENT APPEAL: 13 December 2007

5 Hindraf leaders Arrested under ISA

5 Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) leaders have been arrested by the Special Branch police officers under the Internal Security Act (ISA) today. They were under Section 8(1) which allows the person is detained for any period not exceeding two years. These 5 leaders have been taken to the police headquarters in Bukit Aman.

Those arrested are:

1. P. Uthayakumar (Hindraf legal adviser)

2. M. Manoharan (Lawyer)

3. R. Kenghadharan (Lawyer)

4. V. Ganabati Rao (Lawyer)

5. T. Vasanthakumar (Organizing Secretary)

The first to be arrested was lawyer Kenghadharan, at his office in Petaling Jaya about 12.30pm by a team of police from Bukit Aman. He was followed by Ganabatirau who was picked up by the police in Seremban. Vasanthakumar was nabbed at about 2pm at Brickfields. Ganabati Rao was arrested by a special branch team. Manoharan is believed to have been arrested while he visited Kenghadharan at Bukit Aman while Uthayakumar was taken away from his legal firm in Bangsar.

The Abolish ISA Movement (Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA, GMI) condemns the use of the Internal Security Act (ISA) to arrest the 5 Hindraf leaders. GMI further condemns the continued threats of the use of the ISA to instil fear among citizens to deter them from participating in any public gatherings.

The controversial ISA, which has been widely criticized both internationally and locally, is a mark of a government that threats dissent and public criticism with unjust measures. The draconian law has been repeatedly used to clampdown on the democratic movement and opposition leaders in the country. Many have languished in detention without trial for years and suffered inhumane torture and treatment in detention.

The ISA provides for ‘preventive detention’ without trial for an indefinite period. It violates fundamental rights such as the right to trial, the right to legal counsel, the right to defend oneself in open court and the right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty. It goes against the Article 5, 6,7,8,9 and 10 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948.

Background

On Nov 25, Hindraf organized a mass rally in Kuala Lumpur which attracted some 30,000 people. The police used water cannons and teargas to disperse the crowd. Thirty-one of the protesters have been charged with attempted murder and causing mischief with some of them also facing a third charge of illegal assembly.

The police have been targeting Hindraf lawyers over the past few weeks. The crackdown started with the arrest of chairperson P Waythamoorthy, legal adviser P Uthayakumar and Ganabatirau on Nov 23. They were then charged with sedition in Klang. Then, Uthayakumar was arrested and charged on another count of sedition in Kuala Lumpur. He was arrested once more and kept overnight in remand before being released yesterday without being charged.

Urgent actions needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation and outrage on the latest arrests and the ongoing crackdown on freedom of assembly and all form of dissent and criticisms. Please also demand the Malaysian government for the immediate and unconditional release of all those arrested under this draconian Act.

Your protest letters should be sent to:

1. Prime Minister of Malaysia

Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security,

Prime Minister’s Office Malaysia,

Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 Putrajaya,

Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +603 8888 6000

Fax: +603 8888 3444

Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my

2. Inspector General of Police

Tan Sri Musa Hassan,

Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

50560 Bukit Aman,

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia,

Tel: +603 2262 6015

Fax: +603 2272 5613

SAMPLE LETTER

(Your Organization Letterhead)

13 December 2007

Prime Minister,

Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

Prime Minister and Minister of Internal Security,

Prime Minister’s Office Malaysia,

Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 Putrajaya,

Selangor, Malaysia

Tel: +603 8888 6000

Fax: +603 8888 3444

Email: ppm@pmo.gov.my

Re: Release all the 5 HINDRAF Leaders Now

We are writing to you to register our strongest condemnation and protest against the arrest of these leaders under the Draconian Internal Security Act (ISA). The controversial ISA is a mark of a government that threats dissent and public rallies and public criticism with unjust measures.

We demand that all those arrested be released immediately and unconditionally. We also reiterate our condemnation towards the repeated use of the ISA and the ridiculous charges pressed against them.

We strongly urge the Government to respect the right to trial and abolish the ISA and all forms of detention without trial; charge all detainees in an open court or else release them immediately and unconditionally. “Emergency” laws in Malaysia disregard human rights and violate the safeguards enshrined in the Federal Constitution and international human rights law.

Thank you for your attention.

Sincerely yours,

[Name]

6 thoughts on “URGENT APPEAL:Release all the 5 HINDRAF Leaders Now

  1. RELEASED THE GREAT LAWYERS !!!!!!! They are doin right things to the MALAYSIAN TAMIL MAKKAL. GOVERMENT OF MALAYSIA had really margenelized the TAMIL HUMANITY in MALAYSIA. For the purpoce of what??????????? and RACIAL together the violence of the great POLICE in MALAYSIA

  2. Please release all the 5 HINDRAF leaders NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    HINDRAF valga!!!!!!
    LEADERS valga!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Please release all the 5 leader of HINDRAF NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. INDIAN PSEUDO-HUMAN RIGHTISTS GROUPS AND FORCES WHO ARE ON THE PAY ROLE OF JIHADIS, CHRISTIAN CONTOLLED NGO’s AND ANTI-HINDUS CRY FOR JIHADIS, NORTH-EAST-CHRISTIANS SEPERATISTS ,MAOISTS AND OTHER ANTI- HUMAN AND ANTI-HINDU FORCES BUT ARE KEEPING THEIR MOUTH SHUT OR ARE FAVOURING MUSLIM MALAYASIAN GOV.
    INDIAN SOCIAL INSTITUTE WHO TRIES TO POSE ITSELF AS A CHAMPION OF HUMAN RIGHT IS CLOSING ITS EYES ,MOUTH AND PEN ON MALAYASIAN HINDUS ISSUE. OTHER PSEUDO- HUMANIST( PRO -JIHADI, PRO-MAOIST AND PRO-TERRORISTS) LIKE J.N.U, JAMIA MILLIA ISLAMIA ,GANDHI PEACE FOUNDATION AND HUMAN RIGHT COMMISSION ARE DENYING THEIR EXISTENCE ON THIS EARTH. YECHURI ,KARAT,RAJGOPAL,KUL-LEEP NAYYAR , LALLU ,MULLA-YAM ,PASWAN, BASU ,BUDDHU DEO BHATTA,TEESHTA SHITALWAD MEDHA PATKAR AND MANY OHER PSEUDO -HUMANISTS’ EYES AND EARES ARE CLOSED, MOUTHS ARE SHUT AND PENS ARE INKLESS .

  5. CONTINUE PEACEFUL MOVEMENT.I WAS SHOCKED READIG COMMENTS OF MALAYASIAN MINISTER WHO WAS TRYING TO ASSOCIATE HIDRAF LEADERS WITH LTTE. MANY INDIAN LEADERS INCLUDING PRIME MINISTER COULD NOT SLEEP WHEN LONDON BLAST INDIAN JEHADI TERRORISTS WERE ARRESTED .THEY CRY IN INDIAN PARLIAMENT ABOUT PALISTINIAN ,IRAQI, BOSNIAN, CHECHINIAN AND AFGHAN MUSLIMS BUT KEEP THEIR MOUTHS SHUT ABOUT SUFFERINGS OF HINDUS IN MALAYASIA AND OTHER PART OF THE WORLD. MOST OF THE ENGLISH AND COMMUNIST INDIAN MEDIA-BOTH VISUAL AND PRINT WHO ARE ON THE PAY ROLE OF JEHADIS AND ANTI-HINDUS , ARE SUPPORTING MALAYASIAN GOV. OR AVOIDING THE ISSUE.

  6. Indian gov. is controlled by ANTI- HINDU leaders. Christians,Muslims, non-hindus and communists are holdinng top posts in central gov.
    External ministry is controlled by pro -jihadi E. Ahmad.
    Do not expect any thing from Indian Gov.But do not worry We are with you people. We met Mr. Vaidyamurthy in Delhi. It is my request to you people to
    open your office in Delhi. One person should stay here in delhi.

    Dr R.P.Singh , 9811024587,9312844088
    Delhi mobile numbers

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