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Malaysia: Move to outlaw human rights groups is an assault on freedom

Headline Title:  Malaysia: Move to outlaw human rights groups is an assault on freedom 08 January 2014 Today’s attempt by Malaysia’s Ministry of Home Affairs to ban the country’s leading coalition of human rights NGOs is a disturbing assault on the rights to freedom of expression and association, Amnesty International said. The Ministry alleged that the majority of the 54 groups that make up the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (COMANGO) are “un-Islamic”, lack official registration, and are therefore prohibited. “Outlawing COMANGO is a deeply disturbing action aimed at silencing important…

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