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Suaram wants charge against Bersih chief dropped

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Human rights group Suaram has condemned the planned prosecution of Bersih chief Maria Chin Abdullah under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012.

Maria is set to be charged next Tuesday under Section 9(5) for failing to provide notice for the August 30 and 31 protest which saw more than 100,000 people hitting the streets to call for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's resignation.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy called the prosecution "illogical" and "unjustifiable".

"In light of the fact that the required notice is given to the Royal Malaysian Police, there is no legitimate justification for Maria Chin to be charged under Section 9(5) of the Act.

"Suaram calls on the government of Malaysia to immediately cease and desist the undue and unjust prosecution of Maria Chin and all other civil rights activists and comply with the rights and liberty guaranteed to all Malaysians under the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights," he said.

Sevan said the charge is frivolous and a despicable act of moving the goal post in an attempt to subvert the legal system to prosecute a civil rights activists in the country.

"The charges made against Maria Chin is a clear abuse of power by the government of Malaysia.

"Recalling the series of violations of human rights by the government of Malaysia and the series of unfortunate decisions by the Federal Court of Malaysia, it is clear that the government of Malaysia is neither interested nor sincere in improving the poor human rights record achieved under the guidance of the current prime minister," he said.

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