Posted: 04 Jul 2015 07:02 AM PDT
The Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) of MPs from across the globe has called for jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to be given the necessary medical treatment.
“Although the three-day IPU mission… acknowledged efforts in addressing Anwar's health problems, it urged authorities to allow follow-up care requested by doctors in early June after he underwent hospital treatment,” the union said in a statement.
IPU’s three-day mission, which included a visit to Anwar in prison, concluded on Wednesday.
The call comes amid concerns about a tumour in Anwar’s kidney.
A day before the IPU concluded its mission, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak also noted Anwar’s condition, urging the relevant authorities to ensure he receives proper medical attention.
“I take note of Anwar’s health and want the relevant authorities to ensure he receives the necessary treatment,” Najib tweeted on Tuesday.
In addition, they urged that other charges against other MPs over Anwar’s jailing to be dropped.
“The three-member delegation from IPU's committee on the human rights of parliamentarians also call for the dismissal of charges and investigations against eight opposition MPs, including Anwar's daughter Nurul Izzah Anwar.
“Some of the MPs had taken part in demonstrations, while Nurul Izzah had been briefly arrested after criticising the judiciary during a speech in Parliament,” it said.
It added the IPU delegation is urging Malaysian authorities to ratify and implement all key international human rights treaties.
It will present a full report on the mission to IPU members in October.
Posted: 04 Jul 2015 06:58 AM PDT
PETALING JAYA, July 3, 2015:
Rahimah Abdulrahim, the executive director of the Indonesian Habibie Centre, urged all Muslims around the world to stay united as urged by jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in a message.
According to Rahimah, although Anwar was currently in prison, he still tried to provide his input on current issues concerning Muslims.
"Although behind bars, he did send a message through other people for us.
"He told us to keep strengthening Muslim democrats," she said during a preparatory meeting of the second World Forum for Muslim Democrats (WFMD) held at One World Hotel in Bandar Utama here, today.
According to Rahimah, WFMD was the brainchild of Anwar. It serves as a platform for Muslims around the world to discuss current issues concerning Islam.
Executive director of the Institute for Policy Research (IKD) Khalid Jaafar, who was also present during the meeting, said that among the topics that would be discussed during this year's forum were Islamophobia, terrorism, Muslim refugees as well as Muslim minorities living in non-Muslim countries.
Khalid said the upcoming forum would also be used as a platform for them to find a solution on the current Rohingya crisis.
"We will also be discussing about other refugees, too, such as those affected by sectarian wars as well as the political crisis in the Middle East.
The WFMD was held last year for the first time in Malaysia and saw the participation of about 300 delegates from several countries including Malaysia, Indonesia, Japan and Turkey.
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