The Malaysian chapter of Amnesty International (AI) calls for the government to end detention without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA) and the Emergency Ordinance (EO), and to close down the Kamunting and Simpang Renggam detention centres.
It claims that last year, 17 alleged Islamic activists were detained under the ISA and nearly 700 people under the EO and Dangerous Drugs Act.
However, AI admitted that the battle for human rights in Malaysia is showing signs of hope. But added that there is still a need to transform rhetoric into reality.
"There are still concerns," AI Malaysia executive director Josef Roy Benedict said late Tuesday at the Malaysian launch of the global Amnesty International Annual Report for last year.