INTERNATIONAL CALL TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR ANWAR IBRAHIM AND RESTORE DEMOCRACY IN MALAYSIA

The Committee,

RECOGNISES Anwar Ibrahim as a Malaysian statesman, Leader of the Opposition in Parliament and a prominent moderate Muslim leader who has dedicated his political life to defend democracy, uphold the rule of law and sought social justice for all.

RECALLS that Anwar Ibrahim was finance minister and deputy prime minister of Malaysia when he was dismissed from government in 1998. Upon his dismissal, Anwar was arrested, beaten and jailed for six years on politically motivated and trumped up charges.

BELIEVES that the Malaysian Federal Court’s decision on 10th February 2015 to convict Anwar, which has been condemned by many including Amnesty International and the White House is yet another politically motivated persecution by the government. Amnesty International has declared Anwar a political prisoner.

EXPRESSES concerns that other political leaders, activists, academics, journalists and students have been arrested and charged for legitimately speaking out against the government.

RESOLVES to call on the international community to pressure the government of Malaysia to uphold the rule of law, and to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms of its citizens.

DEMANDS the government of Malaysia to immediately and unconditionally release Anwar Ibrahim from jail.

Signatories