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Malaysia is one of the rare democracies that have not yet ratified the Convention against Torture. This lack of international commitment prevents Malaysia from providing valuable guidance for a credible anti-torture and rule of law policy in the country. Security laws for the prevention of terrorism have been mired in arbitrary detention, torture or abuse, and impunity. They violate a person’s right to a fair trial by undermining the fundamental principles of the rule of law and allowing for potentially indefinite detention without trial. The OMCT and its network regularly call on Malaysia to ratify the Convention against Torture.

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