A new report has alleged an “environment of violence” against Penan tribeswomen in Borneo. Loggers are accused of repeated cases of rape and sexual assualt, but the Malaysian government has dismissed the allegations.
In a 13 January 2010 solidarity letter to the churches in Malaysia, the World Council of Churches General Secretary, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, expressed deep concern and sorrow about recent attacks against church buildings in the country.
Jerusalem Lutheran Bishop Munib Younan has denounced the killing of six Coptic Christians in Egypt. Meanwhile, churches in Malaysia are full despite attacks against Christian places of worship in recent days.
Amnesty International has called on the Malaysian authorities to release five government critics arrested in the last week, if they cannot charge them with recognisable criminal offences. The wave of arrests is part of a new crackdown on dissent.