Malaysia accused of rights abuse for barring activist’s trip

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KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia’s government faced fresh allegations of trampling rights on Monday after the leader of a massive demonstration last year calling for the premier’s ouster over a graft scandal said she was prevented going abroad to accept an award. Maria Chin Abdullah, who heads the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections—Malaysia’s leading political pressure group—said she was stopped Sunday night from traveling to South Korea to accept the Gwangju Prize for Human Rights on behalf of her group. “It’s outrageous and shows a desperate government clutching on to power when it should be accountable,” she told Agence France-Presse. Chin said she was given no explanation and that the refusal violated her constitutional rights.

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