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Malaysia: Internal Security

Volume 699: debated on Tuesday 19 February 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether they have made representations to the Government of Malaysia about the ways in which the internal security law is applied; whether generally accepted Commonwealth standards are being observed in that country; and, if not, whether they will seek opportunities for discussing these issues. [HL1708]

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office has recently raised its concerns with the Malaysian authorities about the use of the Internal Security Act. We are also discussing the issue with our EU partners and have raised the issue with the Commonwealth Secretariat. The EU has previously expressed concern to the Malaysian Government about the use of the Internal Security Act.