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Press Statement
Richard Boucher, Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 5, 2001


Malaysia - Detention of Opposition Activists

The United States understands the Malaysian government has ordered that four opposition activists arrested under the Internal Security Act in April be transferred to a detention camp, where they could be held for up to two years.  As we note in our annual Human Rights Report, the government can use the Act to detain people without trial for political or criminal matters.

The United States is deeply concerned about the detentions, which seem intended to prevent the detainees, against whom there are no criminal charges, from exercising internationally recognized rights of free speech, political expression, and assembly.  We urge the Malaysian government to permit the free exercise of those rights.  The detainees should either be released or charged in an open court.


Released on June 5, 2001

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