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Malaysia government defends rights record

Published on Jan 22, 2014 5:55 PM
 
Malaysia's Prime Minister Najib Razak addresses the World Islamic Economic Forum in London, on Oct 29, 2013. Malaysia on Wednesday, Jan 22, 2014, defended its rights record a day after Human Rights Watch accused the government of abandoning earlier promises of reform. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Malaysia on Wednesday defended its rights record a day after Human Rights Watch accused the government of abandoning earlier promises of reform.

"Under Prime Minister Najib Razak, civil liberties have been expanded and outdated laws repealed," a Malaysian government spokesman said in a statement.

The spokesman noted that tough laws including the colonial-era Internal Security Act have been replaced, and said Najib planned to follow through on a promise to abolish the country's anti-sedition law.

The 57-year-old government dominated by the United Malays National Organisation had been accused for decades of using those and other laws to silence dissent.

 
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