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HUMAN RIGHTS IN MALAYSIA

That this House notes with concern that Mr Charles Hector Fernandez, a Malaysian human rights lawyer, faces defamation charges in Malaysia for having detailed labour rights violations of 31 Burmese migrant workers at a Japanese firm based in Malaysia on his blog; further notes that Mr Hector Fernandez had raised his allegations with the firm prior to publishing them to his blog, in order that they might correct misinformation, without response; further notes that on 11 April 2011 Mr Hector Fernandez was restricted from all further communication through his blog and Twitter; expresses deep concern at the lack of adequate labour protections for migrant workers in Malaysia and condemns discriminatory treatment of Burmese migrants in particular; further notes the critical role of human rights defenders in upholding the labour rights of migrant workers, who often suffer rights violations and deprivations; expresses deep concern at the threat to free speech in Malaysia this trial poses; calls on the Government to ensure its representatives in Malaysia are present during the hearing and trial of Mr Hector Fernandez on 13 May 2011 and 28 and 29 June 2011 respectively; and furthercalls on the Government to make strong representations in this regard, in particular calling on the Malaysian Government to ensure that the principles enshrined in the 1998 UN Declaration on Human Rights Defenders are upheld.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Amess, David Conservative Party Southend West 14.06.2011
Bayley, Hugh Labour Party York Central 07.06.2011
Beith, Alan Liberal Democrats Berwick-Upon-Tweed 12.05.2011
Blomfield, Paul Labour Party Sheffield Central 12.05.2011
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 16.05.2011
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 18.05.2011
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 18.05.2011
Clarke, Tom Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 12.05.2011
Clwyd, Ann Labour Party Cynon Valley 16.05.2011
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 12.05.2011
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 23.05.2011
Cunningham, Tony Labour Party Workington 07.06.2011
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 17.05.2011
Gapes, Mike Labour Party Ilford South 12.05.2011
George, Andrew Liberal Democrats St Ives 17.05.2011
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 17.05.2011
Hemming, John Liberal Democrats Birmingham Yardley 22.06.2011
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 19.05.2011
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 12.05.2011
Lloyd, Tony Labour Party Manchester Central 18.05.2011
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 08.06.2011
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 17.05.2011
Munt, Tessa Liberal Democrats Wells Somerset 27.06.2011
Murray, Ian Labour Party Edinburgh South 12.05.2011
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 12.05.2011
Sanders, Adrian Liberal Democrats Torbay 16.05.2011
Sheerman, Barry Labour Party Huddersfield 13.06.2011
Swinson, Jo Liberal Democrats East Dunbartonshire 12.05.2011
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 18.05.2011
Williams, Hywel Plaid Cymru Arfon 23.05.2011