When: 25/11/2014 10:00 - 12:00
Venue:The Law Society, 113 Chancery Lane, London WC2A 1PL
On the 16 of October 2014, The Malaysian legal profession took to the streets for a Walk for Peace and Freedom to parliament. Malaysian lawyers felt compelled to do so because of their government’s wide spread use of the sedition act 1948. The Malaysian Bar Council is visiting London from the 24 to the 26 of November and would like to make use of this opportunity to share their concerns with their peers in London.
In the period since May 2013, there have been approximately 30 instances of persons investigated, arrested and/or prosecuted by the Malaysian authorities, for alleged sedition. In the past three months alone, there have been more than 20 members of civil society; students; law academicians; lawyers; members of media and journalists; and members of Parliament and of the State Legislatures, who have been investigated, arrested and/or prosecuted for having expressed views; opinions or criticisms; or raised questions with regard to social issues; the law and the Federal and State Constitutions of Malaysia. The Malaysian Bar Council views the above events as attacks against the fundamental freedoms of speech and expression, an abuse of power and a subversion of democratic principles and the Rule of Law.
This seminar seeks not only to inform the audience about these issues in Malaysia, but will also explore how the global legal community can support the Malaysian profession in its defence of the Rule of Law.
Speakers will include senior office holders from the Malaysian Bar Council and human rights experts from the Law Society.
There will be ample time for Q&A and debate to find out more and book your free spot please click here