Report on the “Human Rights and Religion – Are the two compatible?” Forum – Surendra Ananth

BY SURENDRA ANANTH

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Introduction

The forum entitled “Human Rights and Religion: Are the two Compatible?”, held on 23 May 2015 , could not have been organized at a more timely moment. At a time where extremism was insidiously sweeping in the Malaysian society and where the supreme law of our land was being challenged in various forefronts, intellectual discourse on such a topic was very much welcomed. The speakers consist of well-known academicians, Professor Emeritus Shad Faruqi (“Prof Shad”) and Dr. Dian Diana Abdul Hamed (“Dr Dian”). The two commentators who were invited to further enrich the discussion were Mr Phillip Koh and Dato’ Malik Imtiaz Sarwar. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Azmi Sharom. Read more

EAIC not enough to check police, critics say after latest custodial death

Source: The Malay Mail Online

EAIC commissioner Leong May Chan speaks at a forum co-organised by the Malaysian Bar Council and the National Human Rights Society. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

EAIC commissioner Leong May Chan speaks at a forum co-organised by the Malaysian Bar Council and the National Human Rights Society. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, May 31 — The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) is not sufficient to monitor police abuse as it oversees a whopping 19 government agencies, critics say after a man was recently found dead in a Johor prison.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said the statistics on deaths in police custody was quite worrying, with an average of about one death per month.

“The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) is a poor substitute for the IPCMC and has failed to deal with the serious complaints of deaths in custody,” Steven told Malay Mail Online, referring to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) that was proposed by a royal commission of inquiry 10 years ago.

“The EAIC remains an insufficient measure to deal with deaths in custody. The IPCMC — which will be dedicated solely to the police, as opposed to the EAIC that oversees about 19 agencies — is the best solution to this appalling situation of suspects or accused persons dying in police custody,” the head of the professional legal body added. Read more

Custodial deaths must not become the rule of the day — M Kula Segaran

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Death in custody

Death in custody – File pic

MAY 31 — At the “Rogue Cops: Workable Solutions – Police Accountability in Malaysia” forum held yesterday, former chief justice Tun Mohamed Dzaiddin Abdullah said that deaths in custody were only possible because the police has turned a blind eye towards police violence, with disregard over human rights and weak self-accountability.

He said that this police culture has been instilled even starting at their training stage, where there is little focus on respecting the rule of law or the sanctity of human life.

Mohamed Dzaiddin’s remarks are certainly right and deserve urgent government and police actions but will they fall on deaf ears again like before? Read more