Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has voiced out support for student coalitions participating in the #TangkapMO1 rally on Saturday while strongly condemning any attempt to restrict the freedom of expression and freedom of assembly enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
Suaram Executive Director Sevan Doraisamy pledged its solidarity with the student coalitions and said in a statement that the organisation will provide assistance and support for the #TangkapMO1 rally.
In any eventuality that those arrested at the rally can contact the “urgent arrest team” and provide their name, IC number, police station they were being held at and/or place of arrest to 012-256 6089, he added
“Standing up for democracy and human rights at the #TangkapMO rally cannot be used to expel students from institutions.”
Suaram said it was repulsed by attempts to criminalise and restrict the rights of students and youth groups to take part in public assemblies. “Public Assembly is a fundamental right under the Federal Constitution.”
Any attempt to criminalise and/or penalise students for the #TangkapMO1 rally would be a gross violation of human rights, warned the statement.
The NGO sees adverse moves against student and youth groups as stifling them and limiting democratic rights.