Posted by: becketfund | December 18, 2007

Malaysia: Hindraf Detained for “Threatening Racial and Religious Harmony”

Human Rights Watch reports that the government of Malaysia arrested five leaders of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf), who had been highly visible in protests to draw attention to what they believe are instances of state-based discrimination against Malaysia’s Indian population. Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi allegedly said that five had undermined national security by threatening racial and religious harmony among the Malay, Chinese and Indian communities. All are currently held under the country’s Internal Security Act, which permits indefinite detention without charge or trial. Human rights groups and the State Department have focused in due process problems and Hindu temple destruction, which Hindraf has aggressively protested. Read more from the AFP.

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