October 21, 2015

Malaysia: Release Khalid Ismath (UA 238/15)




A Malaysian political activist was charged on 13 October with fourteen counts for posting comments on social media that were allegedly offensive to the Johor State royalty. Amnesty International considers him to be a prisoner of conscience. 
1) Please write immediately in English, Malay or your own language:
  • Calling on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Khalid Ismath, a prisoner of conscience, who has been detained solely for the peaceful exercise of his right to freedom of expression; 
  • Ensure that Khalid Ismath is not subjected to torture or other ill-treatment during his detention and that he has access to his family, a lawyer and any medical care he may require; 
  • Urging them to urgently repeal the Sedition Act, and to review and amend all other laws which restrict the right to freedom of expression to bring them into compliance with international human rights law and standards. 
2) For the full Urgent Action, including appeal addresses and further information, please click on the Word or PDF version below.

3) Please let us know if you took action so that we can track our impact!
  • EITHER send a short email to [email protected] with "UA 238/15" in the subject line, and include in the body of the email the number of letters and/or emails you sent;
  • OR fill out this short online form to let us know how you took action.