civil liberties & police

Tian Chua released! Abolish Malaysia’s Internal Security Act!

Winter/Spring 2003

On June 1, 2003, Malaysian trade union organiser and democracy activist,Tian Chua, was released from “preventative custody.” His release came after a vigorous international protest campaign which not only raised the call for Tian Chua’s release but demanded the immediate abolition of Malaysia’s Internal Security Act (ISA).  The ISA was introduced in the 1960s (see… Read more »

“Anti-terror” laws attack basic rights: Organise to force a repeal — now!

Winter/Spring 2002

On Tuesday, September 11, 2001, when two planes smashed into New York’s World Trade Centre, those responsible committed two atrocious crimes. They killed, in one shockingly memorable moment, more than three thousand people going about their work. And they handed the repressive forces of world Capital — headed up by the court-appointed President George W…. Read more »

Irene Xavier: women are playing a key role

Winter/Spring 2002

Irene Xavier is a labour activist from Friends of Women which has been organising women workers since 1978. She’s played a key role organising around health and safety issues in the electronics industry. In 1987 she was detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) for 355 days. Alison Thorne spoke to Irene about the campaign… Read more »

Mabel Au: International solidarity really works

Winter/Spring 2002

Mabel Au is an activist who has fought for the rights of migrant and sex workers in Hong Kong. She is Program Coordinator for the Committee for Asian Women. Mabel recently visited Australia to campaign for the release of Tian Chua, a labour activist who was jailed for two years in April 2001 under Malaysia’s… Read more »

Free Tian Chua

Winter/Spring 2002

Governments around the word have used the attacks on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 as a pretext to introduce a raft of anti-democratic laws giving themselves sweeping new powers. But there is nothing new in this tactic which is a tested method for curtailing working class dissent. In 1960… Read more »

Execution stopped! Redouble the fight to free Mumia!

Summer/Autumn 2002

We join with supporters of Mumia Abu-Jamal the world over in celebrating the 18 December 2001 ruling which removes the imminent threat of the African American journalist’s execution. The decision is a crucial turning point in the fight to reverse this 20-year frame up, although Mumia is still far from free. The ruling by U.S…. Read more »

Fight to overturn sexist laws: Free Heather Osland!

Summer/Autumn 2002

On 7 September 2001, Heather Osland’s five-year battle against a 14-year sentence for killing her violent husband came to an abrupt halt. After the High Court upheld her conviction in 1998, Osland tried her last legal channel: a Petition of Mercy to the Victorian government. The panel of Queens Councils decided to stick to the… Read more »

The right to dissent — use it, before we lose it!

Summer/Autumn 2002

Alert! The Howard government plans to use the climate of fear resulting from the September 11 attacks in the United States to follow the lead of Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the U.S. It plans to introduce repressive laws designed to outlaw dissent. They must be stopped. Cabinet has announced draft Australian legislation… Read more »

Resistance swells to stop the war at home & abroad

Summer/Autumn 2002

It didn’t take long for George W. Bush to show just who he had in mind when he declared his war on terrorism. The horrifying September 11 carnage provided U.S. authorities with an excuse not only for the murderous bombing of Afghanistan and a bully campaign against that whole region of the world, but also… Read more »

Your Say

Winter/Spring 2001

An enjoyable radical read I really enjoyed reading Freedom Socialist Bulletin # 24 — some great articles. I particularly enjoyed “I don’t want to let go of my rage” by Maria Mardones and “Loud, Proud and Effective,” the review of Graham Willett’s book, Living Out Loud. I do wish Maria and others the best of… Read more »