Update on case of Malaysian human rights lawyer Charles Hector
and the villagers he represents.
Fifteen lawyers, including Michael Mansfield QC, over 40
organisations and nearly 70 individuals from six countries,
signed the Open Letter distributed by Legal Action for Women,
UK. This is an impressive
especially considering the tight deadline.
Charles Hector, is
representing eight community human rights defenders who have
been opposing logging in their community since 2013 because of
the grave threat caused to the environment and to the survival
of the community that depends on it.
The charge of
contempt, which if proven could criminalise and disbar Mr
Hector, arises from the false claim that a letter sent by him is
in breach of an Interlocutory Injunction. Mr Hector and the
eight defendants reject this claim as the letter was a
legitimate request for information to enable the defendants to
prepare for trial.
Charles Hector is
being represented by Mr Ramachelvam from Messrs Rama Rozi who
was present in court on March 25, 2021.
The Malaysian Bar
Council has applied to come into the case on 'Watching Brief'
and was represented in court by Mr Ong Siew Wan.
See press coverage
See statement from
Forum Asia and Front Line Defenders
See letter to the
Malaysian authorities from Lawyers’ Rights Watch Canada
On behalf of In
Defence of Charles Hector campaign team: