The Law Society has expressed concern over Malaysia's continuing use of the 1948 Sedition Act. The act, which was made law during the British colonial era, criminalises speech uttered ‘to excite disaffection' against the government. The act has been used to intimidate and silence political opponents including lawyers.
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The Law Society is concerned by the recent opening of an investigation by police in Malaysia under the Sedition Act 1948 ("the Act") against Mr Edmund Bon, an advocate at Bon Advocates in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
We note with concern reports of the application of the Act against a number of individuals in Malaysia, including lawyers who have in their professional capacity expressed legal opinions, and the risk this poses to freedom of expression in Malaysia.
In providing evidence to the investigatory powers review, the Law Society has called for a revision and clarification of the UK's regulatory framework for investigatory powers.
The Law Society stands by its initial response to the proposed bill of rights in 2011: the Human Rights Act should be retained, not replaced.
In light of the proposals set out of by the Conservatives today, the Law Society reiterates its position in defence of the Human Rights Act.
The independent reviewer of terrorism legislation, David Anderson Q.C, is conducting a review of the regulatory framework for investigatory powers. The Law Society has sumitted evidence.
The Law Society is gravely concerned over the reported surveillance of Mr Upul Jayasuriya, President of the Bar Association of Sri Lanka (BASL) and a senior human rights lawyer in Sri Lanka.
Our October human rights update is now online.
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Podcast now available from our event: In conversation with Asma Jahangir on law, gender and religion
A free podcast is now avaialble from our event “Law, Gender and Religion; In conversation with Asma Jahangir” which was held at chancer Lane on 30 July 2014.