Don’t criminalise protesters – Khaw Lake Tee

Source: The Malaysian Insider

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is pleased to note that the May Day / Anti-GST Rally in Kuala Lumpur on May 1, 2015 was largely peaceful and well facilitated by the police.

However, the Commission has identified a number of areas where the right to freedom of peaceful assembly can be better enhanced.

The Commission regrets the arrests of several participants following the peaceful assembly, and calls on the authorities to immediately and unconditionally release all detained persons, as the right to participate in a peaceful assembly is critical to a functioning democracy. Read more

FORUM: Human Rights & Religion: Are the two compatible?

Updated: 31 May 2015

Human Rights & Religion

Human Rights & Religion

Of late the issues of religion seem to be taking centre stage – protests over placement of crosses, building and demolishment of places of worship, the religious edicts (fatwas over what is haram and what is halal) and the attempt by a state government to introduce the Hudud.

HAKAM and University of Malaya Law Faculty Human Rights Research Group are hosting a FORUM on 23 May 2015 to discuss these issues, the extent of freedom of religion, freedom of expression and other human rights in the context of a multi-religious Malaysia and whether such rights are compatible with religions practised in Malaysia? Read more