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Article Journal: Must the Prevention of Terrorism Entail the Violation of Human Rights?

Updated: Jan 16, 2023

Dr. Abdul Razak Ahmad, the Founding Director of Bait Al Amanah and Simmratraj Kaur Dhillon, the Research and Advocacy Analyst of Bait Al Amanah have published an article in UUM Journal of Legal Studies titled 'Must the Prevention of Terrorism Entail the Violation of Human Rights? The Case of Malaysia's Prevention of Terrorism Act'.


The enactment of the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA) in Malaysia has led to numerous detentions and rulings that are arguably violations of human rights. Through an analysis of primary and secondary materials, viz., the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, court decisions and relevant statutes, this paper questions the necessity of such draconian preventive detention legislation as POTA and concludes that a valid concern for national security has infringed the rights of Malaysian citizens. Thus, POTA must be re-evaluated and re-examined to ensure that the Malaysian government defends the traits that differentiate them from the terrorists they are combating. Keywords: Prevention of terrorism, human rights, national security, counterterrorism, natural justice.

The full article can be found in UUM Journal of Legal Studies.

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