Amnesty International Action Campaign focusses on Malyasian Prsioner Assigned to Toronto Group

Publisher:  Amnesty International Canada, Hamilton, Canada
Year Published:  1979  
Pages:  2  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX1015

This news release is background information of Amnesty International's (AI) "Malaysia Mission Report." The concern of AI is the release of political prisoners in Malaysia.


Abstract:  This news release is background information of Amnesty International's (AI) "Malaysia Mission Report." The concern of AI is the release of political prisoners in Malaysia.

The Toronto Group 3 of AI was assigned Lee Wei Chau, a political prisoner in Malaysia for 11 years. Their correspondence with Wei Chau, was curtailed under amendments to the Internal Security Acts (ISA). Magazines such as Monthly Review which are deemed "prejudical to Malaysian security" are not allowed to reach political prisoners.

These prisoners are also restricted to their calls for up to twenty-one hours a day. Other punishments include solitary confinement, and in one instance this lasted for three years. Often, the political prisoner's are former members of legal political parties and associations.

The Malaysian report includes eleven recommendations for the correction of abuses of basic human rights, including an appeal for the abolition of the Internal Security Act.

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