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YPSEA Official Statement on UKM

YPSEA Official Statement on UKM

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25.05.2010To: UKM and Malaysian authority
Withdraw University & University College Act 1971 (UUCA) Charge on UKM Students:Muhammad Hilman bin Idham, Muhammad Ismail bin Aminuddin, Azlin Shafina MohamadAdzha & Woon King Chai
Since May 13, 2010, in Malaysia, four students from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM), toobserve and study the Hulu Selangor by-election for academic purposes, have been charged under the UUCA 1971 for allegedly expressing support or sympathy towards political parties, without any prior investigations or any prove of evidence by any authority.The freedom of thought and expression, and the right to participate in politics are internationallyguaranteed and respected in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 19 and Article 21,for that people are and should be the rightful basis of the authority of government. Moreover, in theFederal Constitution of Malaysia, Article 19, the right to political participation is specificallyguaranteed for every citizens above the age of 21.The UUCA, Section 15(5)(a), which prohibits students from participating or expressing sympathyor support for any political parties, is a direct violation to the international norm and the veryconstitution of Malaysia.We, the Young Progressives Southeast Asia (YPSEA), who are in- school and community basedorganizations, youth wings of democratic political parties, non-government and community-basedorganizations and social movements, representing the Young People of ASEAN Member States of Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Timor Leste, strongly condemn theaction of the UKM authority that violated and infringed the basic democratic human rights of theyoung people, and call the UKM authority to withdraw the charge immediately. This is to promoteand protect the academic and political freedom of the student and the very fundamental democratichuman rights that every women and men shall enjoy. Young people should be seen as equal citizenswith active roles in the society.Statements from YPSEA members in Malaysia are also attached, for further evidence and support.For democracy and empowerment,
YPSEA – Cambodia Groups:Member
Khmer Youth Association (KYA)People’s Center for Development and Peace (PDP Center)
YPSEA – Indonesia Groups:Members

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