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HR Campaign Launched against Torture in Malaysia

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TEHRAN, July 3 (ICANA) – Malaysia's biggest human rights organization, Suaram, launched a campaign against torture in Kuala Lumpur, the country's federal capital.
Sunday, July 03, 2011 11:08:24 PM
HR Campaign Launched against Torture in Malaysia

The campaign coincides with the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Organizers of this event said that the main objective of this campaign is to create an awareness among Malaysians, promote a just society and encourage Malaysians to join efforts to stop torture of detainees in police, immigration, customs and anti-corruption commission lock-ups.

Furthermore, Malaysia is yet to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture,

It has been revealed in Parliament that there were 1535 custodial deaths in the country between 2003-2007.

Last week, 14 women prisoners alleged that they were forced to change into lock-up clothes in front of male police officers.

The badly bruised body of Kugan Ananthan who was detained in a police lock-up triggered massive protests across Malaysia.

Parents of victims of torture also narrated their stories at the launch.

Government leaders meanwhile say that the allegations of torture has been blown out of proportion by the non-governmental organizations.

There was also a photography exhibition at the launch.

Human rights workers and civil society representatives here say that they would continue lobbying the government to ratify the United Nations Convention Against Torture.

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