According to The Straits Times of Singapore and other sources, The Malaysian Human Rights Commission found the Special Branch of the Malaysian Police responsible for the enforced disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and Amri Che Mat - a Muslim social activist. In February 2017, Pastor Raymon Koh was stopped on the road while driving, swarmed by a convoy of SUVs, and forcibly driven away. Pastor Koh had previously been accused of trying to convert Muslims to Christianity and faced significant criticism due to these rumors. Pastor Koh's family have not heard from him ever since.
Christian Solidarity Worldwide explained that following the conclusion of a two year investigation, the Commission called the Malaysian government to ensure respect for freedom of religion or belief and to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It is reported that in the past three years religious leaders have disappeared after been targeted solely for their peaceful exercise of their religious beliefs. According to the Washington Post, the Malaysian government was urged to conduct an impartial investigation as to the whereabouts of Pastor Koh and Amri Che Mat.
Jubilee Campaign continues to pay close attention to Malaysian religious minorities, including Christians, Hindus, and Buddhists which have experienced increased persecution in recent years including a rise in abduction of religious leaders and social activists. In the past, Malaysia was known for being a fairly moderate Muslim-majority country and one that people often pointed to as a model for other Muslim-dominated countries. However, these developments on the ground are troubling and reveal a less than moderate environment for religious minorities.
With intolerance and persecution rising in Malaysia, Jubilee Campaign will continue to raise these issues before the Malaysian government and the international community. We ask for your prayers as we continue this advocacy work that we may be guided by the Lord to work for His glory and the good of the Malaysian people.
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