2013 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 14, 2013
Malaysian rights lawyer Ambiga Sreenevasan describes the Bersih 2.0 movement for clean and fair elections that has united Malaysians around the world. The movement originally focused solely on fair elections, but after a rally in Kuala Lumpur was brutally suppressed by police, it evolved to fight for widespread reform in Malaysia. After the results of the corrupt 2013 election were announced, revealing that the ruling party would remain in power, rallies were formed all over the country as citizens expressed their dissatisfaction. Sreenevasan reveals that Bersih hopes to establish a people's tribunal to investigate these elections and expose fraud and corruption. Sreenevasan asks for help from the international community and activists around the world to aid in Bersih’s endeavors.