Amnesty urges Malaysia to end post-election crackdown
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Global rights group Amnesty International urged Malaysia Friday to end its "post-election crackdown" which has seen four critics arrested in the aftermath of the government's worst electoral result.
The arrests made in the past week under the Sedition Act - which Prime Minister Najib Razak pledged last year to repeal - comes amid opposition claims that fraud marred the May 5 general election and cost them victory.
London-based Amnesty International said the two politicians, including an elected lawmaker, and two activists were arrested under the "repressive law... solely for peacefully expressing their political beliefs".
"Rather than abolishing the repressive sedition law as promised, the government is now using it against peaceful protestors," said its Asia-Pacific deputy director Isabelle Arradon in a statement.