Internal Security Act

Arbitrary detention out of place in a modern state

Today marks the 54th anniversary of Malaysia's freedom from colonial rule. However, Malaysians find their freedom is still limited by repressive laws, which legalise long periods of detention without charge or trial.

Wednesday, 31 August, 2011, 12:00am

Silence of the dissidents

Fan Yafeng, a respected legal advocate, received a call inviting him to the local police station for a chat.

When he got there, a hood was thrown over his head. He was shoved into a car and taken to an undisclosed place. Fan was forced to sit motionless for more than 10 hours and was beaten if he moved.

4 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Protesters rally round to help friends who are detained

Frustrated by what they see as heavy-handed police tactics, a group of regular protesters in Beijing has begun to collect detention warrants from fellow demonstrators who claim they have been wrongfully detained.

19 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Malaysia's security act gets a beating from rights group

'Just take your toothbrush and follow us' is about all police tell detainees when they are arrested under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

8 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Detainees likely to be abused: Amnesty

Amnesty International has expressed concern that the 15 suspected Islamic terrorists arrested in Singapore last month may be subject to 'abusive psychological and physical pressure'.

10 Jan 2002 - 12:00am

Opposition attacks decision to keep detention without trial

THE Government has decided detention without trial will remain a feature of the justice system, although it is making some changes to the Internal Security Act under which it is applied.

7 Feb 1996 - 12:00am

Police detain activists during trial

BEIJING police again detained activists Yang Jing and Jin Chen to prevent them from going to court and speaking to foreign journalists on Wei's trial, the activists said.

29 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Legal system too weak to stop new catastrophe

CHINA'S legal system still falls way too short of being able to stop a catastrophe like the Cultural Revolution from recurring.

This is despite efforts since the late 1970s to draft civil and criminal laws and to promote education in ''democracy and the legal system''.

4 Jun 1993 - 12:00am