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 Geneva, 17 April 2014IPU Logo-bottom
Mr. Karpal Singh. ©REUTERS

IPU saddened by death of Malaysian MP Karpal Singh

IPU is saddened to hear of the death of Malaysian opposition MP Karpal Singh who died in a car accident earlier in the day.

Singh, an MP and defence lawyer for opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, had been at risk of losing his parliamentary mandate following a conviction in March this year for making seditious comments.

Following his conviction, IPU had expressed genuine concern about his situation and the possibility that two leading opposition figures in Malaysia could be banned from political life.

Both Singh and Anwar Ibrahim have cases before IPU’s Committee on the Human Rights of Parliamentarians.

The global organization of parliaments, IPU works to establish democracy, peace and cooperation among peoples. The world’s oldest international political organization, established in 1889, IPU is the focal point for worldwide parliamentary dialogue. It brings together 164 member Parliaments and ten associate regional assemblies.

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