Twelve Malaysians, including two members of the media, are confirmed on board the Mavi Marmara, the lead vessel of a pro-Palestine flotilla that was attacked by Israeli forces today.
The two media staff are from Astro Awani have been identified as journalist Ashwad Ismail and cameraman Samsul Kamal Abdul Latip.
Amnesty International urged Malaysia to stop whipping illegal immigrants as a form of punishment and criticised attempts by the government to muzzle freedom of expression.
In the Malaysia chapter of its 2010 human rights annual report, released Thursday, the London-based group said 34,923 whippings were carried out for immigration offences between 2002 and 2008.
“Degrading methods of punishment such as whipping should be ceased immediately if Malaysia has accepted to uphold the protection of human dignity,” said Nora Murat, Amnesty’s Malaysia executive director yesterday.