Recognise the rights and dignity of asylum seekers and refugees, and eliminate human trafficking — Steven Thiru

Source: The Malay Mail Online

JUNE 20 — The Malaysian Bar acknowledges the indomitable spirit and courage of all refugees on World Refugee Day 2015.

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru - Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

President of the Malaysian Bar Steven Thiru – Picture by MMO/Saw Siow Feng

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) in Malaysia reported that as at July 2014 there were 47,352 asylum seekers (pending cases), 98,207 refugees, 40,000 stateless persons, and 80,000 individuals who do not fall into any of these other categories, residing in Malaysia. This brings the population of concern to a staggering total of 265,559.[1]

Unlike economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia are often victims of various forms of persecution, oppression and deprivation. They are subjected to harassment, extortion, physical abuse or assault and ill treatment. These persons live in an environment of fear, and insecurity.

Our laws do not accord asylum seekers and refugees due recognition, care and protection. They are treated as “illegal immigrants” under the Immigration Act 1959/1963.[2] Thus, they are exposed to arrest, detention, whipping and deportation. This unacceptable state of affairs is compounded by Malaysia’s obdurate reticence to ratify the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (“the 1951 Convention”) and the 1967 Protocol Relating (“the 1967 Protocol”) to the Status of Refugees, both which are instruments encapsulating customary international law in relation to the recognition of the socio-economic rights of refugees and the provision of humanitarian assistance and social integration. Read more

Recognise the rights and dignity of asylum seekers and refugees, and eliminate human trafficking — Steven Thiru

Source: The Malay Mail Online

JUNE 20 — The Malaysian Bar acknowledges the indomitable spirit and courage of all refugees on World Refugee Day 2015.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (“UNHCR”) in Malaysia reported that as at July 2014 there were 47,352 asylum seekers (pending cases), 98,207 refugees, 40,000 stateless persons, and 80,000 individuals who do not fall into any of these other categories, residing in Malaysia. This brings the population of concern to a staggering total of 265,559.[1]

Unlike economic migrants, asylum seekers and refugees in Malaysia are often victims of various forms of persecution, oppression and deprivation. They are subjected to harassment, extortion, physical abuse or assault and ill treatment. These persons live in an environment of fear, and insecurity. Read more

Suhakam, NGO keliru dengan jawatankuasa khas Kabinet hak tanah Orang Asal

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

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Pengerusi Suhakam Tan Sri Hasmy Agam bergambar selepas majlis pelancaran buku ‘Kebangkitan Mempertahankan Hak Tanah Adat – Panduan Membawa Tuntutan Tanah Adat Orang Asli ke Mahkamah’ di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Afif Abd Halim, 20 Jun, 2015.

Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (Suhakam) dan pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM) mengakui masih keliru dengan penubuhan jawatankuasa khas Kabinet hak tanah Orang Asal yang diumumkan Putrajaya baru-baru ini.

Pengerusi Suhakam Tan Sri Hasmy Agam berkata, mereka berhasrat bertemu Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin yang mempengerusikan jawatankuasa itu bagi mendapatkan gambaran jelas dan terperinci mengenai fungsi dan peranannya.

“Timbalan perdana menteri seorang yang banyak tugas. Persoalan kita, adakah ini isu kepentingan paling utama kepada mereka?,” soalnya pada satu forum dan majlis pelancaran buku ‘Kebangkitan Mempertahankan Hak dan Tanah Adat’ di Kuala Lumpur hari ini. Read more

Zahid sahkan rakyat Malaysia ditahan berhubung kes pemerdagangan manusia

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi mengesahkan beberapa tangkapan terhadap rakyat Malaysia yang disyaki terlibat dalam sindiket pemerdagangan manusia di Wang Kelian, Perlis dilakukan.

“Bukan saja waran tangkap tapi tangkapan juga dilakukan,” katanya kepada pemberita sebelum majlis berbuka puasa bersama 200 anak yatim dari kawasan Parlimen Bagan Datoh di Kompleks Beli-Belah Sogo di Kuala Lumpur, hari ini.

Beliau ditanya sama ada waran tangkap dikeluarkan terhadap rakyat Malaysia disyaki terlibat dalam sindiket itu yang terbongkar selepas penemuan kem tahanan di Wang Kelian, dipercayai menjadi lokasi mengurung pelarian Rohingya dan pendatang dari Bangladesh.

Beliau bagaimanapun enggan menyebut jumlah sebenar waran tangkap yang dikeluarkan. Read more

We will extradite, prosecute Rohingya death camp mastermind, Home Minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — Local authorities have already started the process of extraditing “Yassin”, the man believed to be responsible for the abandoned Rohingya death camps discovered recently in Wang Kelian, Perlis.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said once “Yassin” is brought to Malaysia, authorities here will move to prosecute the man, who is currently in the custody of Thai officials.

“(The extradition) process has already started.

“We are working on getting an extradition and we will then prosecute when the individual named Yassin is brought over,” Ahmad Zahid said during a buka puasa event with a local orphanage. Read more

The Blue Mansion: HAKAM FUNdraiser Movie Nite

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HAKAM is thrilled to host our private screening of The Blue Mansion, as  our Movie Nite FUNraiser for 2015. Admission is by invitation only.
It is a highly entertaining film!  In celebrating Malaysia Day, it is a privilege for us to be able to screen this movie which boasts of a strong Malaysian  cast – and  shot at UNESCO Asia Pacific Heritage site, Cheong Fatt Tze Mansion, in Penang.

Venue: TGV Jaya Shopping Centre (tbc)
Date & Time: 15 September, 2015 – 730pm to 10pm (tbc)

Synopsis:  THE BLUE MANSION is a quirky murder mystery about a wealthy tycoon who dies suddenly under mysterious circumstances. He returns as a ghost to try to uncover the secret of his death. Two eager detectives investigate the death chasing all leads and suspects including the dead man’s three children. The ghost witnesses his own funeral wake, attended by jealous relatives and business competitors as well as the police investigation that unveils hidden family secrets. Read more

The death penalty: unsupported by the facts, law – Leong Tsu Quin

Source: The Malaysian Insider

BY LEONG TSU QUIN

Death by firing squad

Death by firing squad

From June 4 to 5, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) held a workshop with Indonesian lawyers that we would much rather not have had at all.The workshop was on how to handle death penalty cases in light of the country’s resumption of executions.

Until President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo suddenly embraced the death penalty, the horrific practice seemed to be on its way out in Indonesia. Between 1999 and 2014, only 27 executions took place in the country, and in 2012 Indonesia dropped its formal opposition to a UN General Assembly resolution calling for a moratorium on the use of the death penalty (Indonesia had since 2007 been voting “no”; in 2012 it abstained).

All this has changed under President Jokowi, who has allowed 14 people to be executed by firing squad since he took power in October 2014. Read more

Refugees caught in cross winds as Putrajaya dithers over right to work policy

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Rohinyga and Bangladeshi refugees are transported to a navy boat where they will be taken to mainland Malaysia, after they landed at Pantai Pasir Berdengung beach in Langkawi May 14, 2015. — Reuters pic

Rohinyga and Bangladeshi refugees are transported to a navy boat where they will be taken to mainland Malaysia, after they landed at Pantai Pasir Berdengung beach in Langkawi May 14, 2015. — Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20 — While keeping an open door to refugees and asylum seekers, Malaysia appears to be sending cross signals to this growing population over their right to work here.

Although Malaysia is not a signatory to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Wan Ahmad has said refugees registered with the United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) can be legally employed in the country. Read more

Suhakam commemorates World Refugee Day

Source: The Rakyat Post

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Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam says he is deeply concerned with the continuing refugee crisis, resulting in loss of lives and the registered refugee and asylum-seeker population in Malaysia reaching 153,004 as at May 2015. —TRP file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 20, 2015 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) today commemorated the 2015 World Refugee Day.

Themed “with courage let us all combine”, it depicted and recognised the resilience of forcibly displaced people around the world due to human rights crises.

Suhakam Chairman, Tan Sri Hasmy Agam stated that the commemoration of this year’s event signifies the Malaysian Government’s efforts to respect and protect the non-debatable right to life.

“Refugees are not economic migrants but are persons who are outside their own country and are unable or unwilling to return due to a well-founded fear of being persecuted because of their race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion.” Read more

UN to name, shame those who abduct children in conflicts

Source: News Straits Times Online

UN chief starts Yemen peace consultations despite absence of rebels

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon sasys abduction is now being used as a tactic to terrorise. – EPA

UNITED NATIONS: The UN Security Council has voted unanimously to name and shame governments and armed groups that abduct children in armed conflicts, a practice the UN secretary-general says is increasing rapidly.

A resolution adopted by the council says the abduction of children in conflict, often precedes or follows other abuses against them.

The annual list prepared by the secretary-general already identifies governments and armed groups that recruit and use children as combatants, kill, maim, rape or sexually exploit them in conflicts.

Abducting children will be now be added to the list. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “abduction is now being used as a tactic to terrorise or target particular ethnic groups or religious communities, and children have been a particular focus.” –AP