Veteran political activist jailed in Malaysia

On Friday 29 September, opposition politician and long-time human rights activist Tian Chua, withdrew his appeal before the Court of Appeal and was given a jail sentence of 30 days. Tian was arrested in 2012 for ‘entering a restricted area’ after the Bersih 3.0 demonstrations. Tian’s decision not to proceed with his court case was a protest of his treatment and the unjust criminal justice system of Malaysia. In court, Tian reiterated his beliefs about the continuing biased and corrupt legal and political system in Malaysia and that change is inevitable. Amnesty International has called for Tian’s release and condemns his imprisonment as part of a pattern of repression against outspoken but peaceful critics of the government in Malaysia.