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Amnesty urges Malaysia to end post-election crackdown

Published on May 24, 2013 4:30 PM
Activist Adam Adli is escorted by police at a courthouse in Kuala Lumpur on May 23, 2013. Malaysian police arrested several opposition politicians and activists on Thursday, launching a crackdown on dissent three weeks after an election exposed deep divisions in the country and sparked a series of opposition protest rallies. Adli was charged under the Sedition Act, which human rights group Amnesty International said this week should be abolished as it posed a "chilling effect" on freedom of expression. Adli was reported as saying at the forum that people should not wait another five years to "overthrow" the government. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

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.

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