Opposition denounces anti-terrorism law


April 9 th, 2015

The vote of the Malaysian Parliament on Thursday in favour of a controversial anti-terrorism law is a further indication of the hardening of a government's growing authoritarianism, accusing opponents and defenders of human rights in a country ruled by same coalition since 1957. This "Law for the Prevention of Terrorism" was passed in the wake of the announcement of the arrest by the authorities of 17 people suspected of belonging to the Islamic State. It will allow police to detain a suspect for fifty-nine days, a period that may be extended to two years following the decision of  the “terrorism prevention committee”.

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