After 13 years, Irene is free at last! Read it on MALAYSIAKINI.
Earlier, I received this appeal letter from Jennifer Mourin of Penang. Friends, please show your support for human rights defender Irene Fernandez by signing the online petition on http://www.foodsov.org/html/petition11.php. Thank you very much.
* * * * *
The longest trial in Malaysian history comes to a head on 24th- 28th November, 2008. The trial of human rights defender, Dr. Fernandez, will resume on these dates, and this may be the final round of hearings in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific(PAN AP) has drafted a petition letter for Dr. Irene Fernandez’s freedom. Dr. Fernandez is a staunch human rights activist and is the director and co-founder of Tenaganita, a Malaysian NGO that promotes the rights and welfare of migrant and agricultural workers.
She is also a Steering Council Member of PAN AP, and the People’s Coalition on Food Sovereignty (PCFS), among many organisations. In 2005, she was given the Right Livelihood Award for “her outstanding and courageous work to stop violence against women and abuses of migrant and poor workers”.
In 1995, Dr. Fernandez published a report on the living conditions of migrant workers in Malaysia’s detention centres. She was charged with ‘maliciously publishing false news’ against the Malaysian government in 1996. After seven years of trial, the longest in Malaysian judicial history, she was found guilty in 2003. She was allowed bailpending appeal. Her civil rights are now restricted, but she carries on her everyday life and continues her work.
I strongly urge you to join in this call for justice! Join the call to organisations, institutions and individuals to support Dr. Fernandez by signing the petition letter which is addressed to the Malaysian government and other institutions in Malaysia, and is posted at http://www.foodsov.org/html/petition11.php
By signing the letter, you and your organisation or institution will appeal for justice and rights of human rights defenders like Dr. Fernandez and it may give her the freedom to continue her work with migrant workers as well as helping communities achieve genuine people’s Food Sovereignty.
Please circulate widely!
Remember – No Justice No Peace!
Today it is Dr Irene Fernandez on trial! Tomorrow it could be YOU!
We need as many sign-ones as possible by November 28 so Take Action now!