What a sad day for human rights! But saddest it is for Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and UMNO, who seem to have revealed their most weakest point. When the slightest dissent cannot be tolerated, we are not on the road to dictatorship, we have already arrived!
Malaysia greeted the International Human Rights Day by showing its most un-human rights attitude – that of arresting lawyers and the civil society for exercising their rights to freedom of expression and assembly, and for doing so on the eve of Human Rights Day. Elizabeth Wong has a good post on “Lawyer Hero‘.
But its good to hear that the BAR Council, who caved in earlier to the dictatorship by forgoing the human rights walk on Sunday, is contemplating whether to to file a suit against the Datuk Bandar of Kuala Lumpur and his officers who entered the Bar’s premises without a warrant and removed human rights banners and placards from our premises. (The Malaysian Bar).
It’s time the Bar Council know that it doesn’t matter what you do – ‘obey or disobey’, once you are targetted, the dictator will come for you.
And if that is not enough, this must convince you of how happily Malaysia has greeted this year’s human rights day. Today, it is learnt that several protestors of HINDRAF, will be charged with attempted murder.
Look like lawyers will be busy, apart from rescuing and defending the rights of their own colleagues and peers.
And I still wonder why the bloody hell is Malaysia still a member of the UN Human Rights Council!