Take own advice on human rights, M’sia told

Source: MalaysiaKini

AI Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni

Malaysia should heed its own advice to the United States, for calling on the superpower to improve its human rights record, Amnesty International (AI) Malaysia said.

Malaysia advised the US to do so during the 22nd Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in Geneva on Monday.

“Malaysia must remember that the world is aware of its failing human rights record at home, especially against critics and dissent.

“The recent mass arrests of peaceful protesters, the clampdown on the freedom of expression, offline and online, as well as continued use of the death penalty for non-serious crimes constitute only a handful of human rights violations committed by Malaysia.

“Perhaps, it is time that Malaysia takes its own advice,” AI Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni said in a statement yesterday.

Malaysia’s advised the US to stop excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, address discrimination against minority groups and ban torture and inhumane treatment of detainees.

Shamini said these were the same recommendations made to Malaysia its own UPR last March, which it had rejected. Read more

Sure, TPP Is ‘Win-Win’… Unless You Care About Human Rights – John Sifton

Source: Human Rights Watch

BY JOHN SIFTON

HRWlogoTo hear the Obama Administration tell it, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, or TPP, is a win-win and cure-all. It will create jobs in the U.S., improve labor and environmental protections, improve business transparency internationally, and help consummate a relationship with Asia that has until now been mostly an overture, the administration says.

Many U.S. lawmakers, however, are unconvinced. The administration needs “fast track” authority to finish negotiating the TPP, and a key vote is likely to come up in the Senate this week. Opposition to the deal is bubbling up across Washington’s political and ideological spectra. In a twist, the opposition is meta-partisan. The Republican leadership of the Senate, and most of the party, support fast track, but the Democratic leadership opposes it. Both parties have members who disagree on the deal. Read more