The laws of peaceful assembly – Syahredzan Johan

Source: The Star Online

Syahredzan Johan - file pic

Syahredzan Johan – file pic

BY SYAHREDZAN JOHAN

According to the Federal Constitution, the right to assembly peacefully may be restricted by Parliament. Parliament enacts laws that impose restrictions, as Parliament deems necessary or expedient in the interest of the security of the Federation or public order.

However, whatever restrictions imposed by Parliament must be reasonable as well as proportionate to the purpose the restriction was imposed in the first place.

There must be a nexus between the restriction and national security or public order. It also follows that arguments that peaceful assembly should not be allowed because it will inconvenience others is not a good reason to restrict freedom of assembly. Read more

Suhakam risks downgrade after Putrajaya shuns proposals to strengthen it

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suhakam vice-chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee says she did not receive a favourable response in her meeting with the Attorney-General, police and PM’s Department legal representative over the expansion of the human rights commission’s role. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 24, 2015.

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia’s (Suhakam) attempt to give itself more bite has hit a roadblock, with Putrajaya reacting “very unfavourably” to its proposals to amend the law that governed it.

This could see Suhakam risk a potential downgrade of its international accreditation, its vice-chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee said today.

Khaw said Suhakam had submitted nine recommendations to Putrajaya to strengthen the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act which was last amended in 2009. Read more

Death in custody cases ‘very small’ compared to number of cops, new deputy home minister says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

PUTRAJAYA, Aug 24 — The proportion of death in custody cases that reportedly numbered more than 200 in the past four years is “very small” compared to the size of the police force that is 120,000 strong, the Home Ministry’s newly appointed deputy Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed said.

Critics have accused the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC), which oversees the police among 19 government agencies, of not doing enough to check police abuse.

“I’m not giving excuses on behalf of the police, but the fact is, we have to work on statistics,” Nur Jazlan told Malay Mail Online in a recent interview. Read more