Cynthia Gabriel, HRD working for Suaram, harassed in Malaysia

August 20, 2013


The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a joint programme of the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), draw attention to the following situation in Malaysia.

According to the information received, on 7 August 2013, at 3.00pm, Cynthia Gabriel, Secretariat Member of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) went to the IPD Petaling Jaya police station to be investigated under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act 1948. The investigation took place after Suaram was informed that a police report was lodged against the organisation in relation to a fundraising dinner it organised on 19 July 2013 in order to raise funds for the Scorpene case, which is pursued by Suaram before a French court. During the investigation of Cynthia Gabriel, the Investigating Officer did not detail the content of the police report. The questions focused on Suaram and its work generally, including its policies and positions, and paralleled the questions that were asked last year when Suaram faced investigations from the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM), the Registrar of Societies (RoS) and the police. The intention of these investigations was also to harass and intimidate Suaram for its work on the Scorpene case; the RoS withdrew all pending notices against Suaram in March 2013. The current harassment is most likely also in retaliation for Suaram’s role in exposing a corruption case involving the Malaysian government and related to the Scorpene submarine scandal, involving at least RM500m in suspected kickbacks.


Harassment against Suaram activist Cynthia Gabriel » ALIRAN.


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