GERAKAN MANSUHKAN ISA
PRESS STATEMENT: 7 JUNE 2011
ISA ARREST CONTINUES: STOP THE USE OF THE ISA IMMEDIATELY!
Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) expresses its protest and disappointment over the latest arrest of Abdul Haris Bin Syuhadi (63 years old), alleged for terrorism activities. The police arrested him on the 5th of June 2011 around 8pm at his house in Klang. GMI received the news from his family members.
GMI strongly condemn the new arrest under the ISA. This year alone, nine people including Abdul Haris has been arrested under the ISA. Abdul Haris was arrested at his house at Kampung Batu Belah, Klang. We were told that he is a petty trader who has been selling scarf, cloths and jubah.
We are very concern about the condition and safety of Abdul Haris. We urge the Government to allow the lawyers and the family to visit Abdul Harisimmediately! We also would like to invite the family of Abdul Haris to be with GMI and fight for Abdul Haris’s rights.
GMI view that the use of the ISA on Abdul Haris is against the principles of human rights, justice and international human rights standards and pose an inherent danger of abuse of power particularly in terms of torture or cruel and degrading treatment of detainee.
GMI values that the security of the country is of utmost importance but one’s entitlement to a fair trial should not be deprived on any basis.
We strongly criticize the Government for practicing double standards on issues related to ISA. On one hand, it plans to review the ISA but on the other hand, new detention is carried out again and again discreetly as no prior announcements were made. This incident exhibits that the ISA, is an arbitrary law and has been abused in the pretext of national security for political reasons. We urge the government to charge the said detainee in an open court; otherwise, he should be released without any delay and unconditionally.
Abolish the ISA!!!
Release all ISA detainees!!!
GMI Secretariat and SUARAM Coordinator