ED- But don't hold your breath waiting for the clueless, toothless, and useless UN to do anything. And even if they did, what could they possibly do about it? Issue another sternly worded resolution? (H/T to S. for bringing this to my attention)
Rights group says UN should rebuke Malaysia
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A global human rights group urged U.N. member countries Tuesday to rebuke Malaysia for allegedly imprisoning dissidents and mistreating migrants.
Human Rights Watch said in a statement the U.N.'s Human Rights Council should take a "long, hard look" at Malaysia's rights record at its review in Geneva on Wednesday. It will be Malaysia's first review by the council, which evaluates member countries every four years.
"Countries should call Malaysia to account for failing to address abuses against migrants and refugees and for its continuing use of preventative detention," the group's deputy Asia director, Elaine Pearson, said.
The group said U.N. members should challenge Malaysia to repeal the decades-old Internal Security Act, which allows the government to indefinitely detain those deemed a threat to national security without trial.
More than 45 people — most of them terror suspects but also five ethnic Indian activists — are still held under the act. Last year, an opposition lawmaker, a blogger and a journalist were also briefly detained under the law.