A Malaysian court on Friday sentenced a student activist to 10 months in jail for sedition, with the government increasingly using tough colonial-era legislation to stifle dissent despite promises to repeal the law.
A Saudi Arabian court has sentenced to death a Shi`ite Muslim convicted of sedition, rioting, protesting and robbery in the district of Qatif, home to many of the Sunni kingdom`s minority sect who say they face entrenched discrimination.
Sedition charges slapped on Kashmiri students in Meerut by Uttar Pradesh Government for allegedly cheering the Pakistani cricket team`s win against India, were dropped evening after voices for the withdrawal of charges grew.
Omar Abdullah said that slapping of sedition charges against Kashmiri students in Meerut by Uttar Pradesh Government for cheering Pakistan team during a cricket match that India lost was "unacceptably harsh punishment".
Reacting to the FIR lodged against Kashmiri students in Meerut, National Conference (NC) Party leader Mustafa Kamal on Thursday said that what the students had done was wrong as they should have behaved like sportsmen instead of behaving like politicians.
The students of Swami Vivekanand Subharti University (SVSU), who were suspended following their alleged anti-national act while celebrating Pakistan`s win over India in a Asia Cup cricket match, now face arrest.
Prosecutors filed sedition charges against another five opposition politicians and activists who urged Malaysians to protest what they insist was a fraud-tainted victory by the long-ruling coalition in recent national elections.
Stating that governments use
sedition provisions to target people opposing it, rights`
activist Binayak Sen on Saturday said PUCL will submit a memorandum to Parliament with
10 lakh signatures, demanding abolition of the law.
A Delhi court is likely to decide on Saturday whether criminal proceedings can be initiated against hardline Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani and writer- activist Arundhati Roy on charge of sedition.