New bill in Malaysia restricts right to peaceful assembly

Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts warned on Wednesday that a new bill in Malaysia restricts the right to peaceful assembly.

The Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly, Maina Kiai, said many of the restrictions are unjustifiable under international law.

The Peaceful Assembly Bill, approved by the Malaysian Parliament, bans street protests and gives conditional access for media to public gatherings.

It also includes a prohibition for those under the age of 21 to assemble peacefully, according to the experts.

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in July voiced concern about the use of excessive force against protesters by Malaysian police, and possible retaliation against demonstrators who were arrested and later released.

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