Difficult to get Dharmendran to cooperate during probe, EAIC told

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 17 — The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was told today that N. Dhamendran, who was found dead in a police lock-up two years ago, was not cooperative during police investigation.

Corporal Mohd Nahar Abdul Rahman of the Criminal Investigation Division (D9) Kuala Lumpur Police Contingent Headquarters (IPK KL) said the police had to use psychological approach to extract cooperation and information from Dhamendran.

“Yes, Inspector S. Hare Krishnan, the official involved in interrogating Dhamendran, said he had to use ‘psychology’ to get Dhamendran to cooperate, but not the use of violence (physical),” Mohd Nahar said when testifying as the 43rd witness at an EAIC public hearing on the death of Dhamendran while in police custody.

The proceedings, which began on July 27, was held at the Hearing Room, Menara TH Perdana here. Read more

Right to peaceful assembly no excuse to perpetrate violence, says Suhakam

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam says he is disappointed with some of the ‘red shirt’ rally goers who carried racially-charged placards. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, September 17, 2015

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said it is disappointed by the confrontational actions of several ‘red shirt’ rally goers yesterday who flaunted racially-charged placards and uttered racially-charged slogans.

The commission warned that while public assemblies must be peaceful in order to be protected by international human rights law, protection may be forfeited when there is disorderly conduct at any stage.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said, in a statement today, that the peaceful assembly had turned non-peaceful when a group of participants pushed past police restriction lines in an attempt to reach certain parts of Kuala Lumpur that the organisers and police had initially agreed were prohibited.

“The commission is perturbed by the irresponsible and confrontational actions of several participants for inciting lawless and disorderly behaviour by flaunting racially-charged placards and for uttering slogans that promoted racial or religious hatred in our multi-religious and secular society.

“Such behaviour, in the commission’s opinion, constitutes the intentional provocation of violence which cannot be condoned and must be appropriately dealt with.”

He also said that advocacy of racial or religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence should be prohibited by law. Read more

Statement of Mr. Alfred-Maurice de Zayas Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order at the Human Rights Council 30th Session

Source: The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Statement of Mr. Alfred-Maurice de Zayas Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order at the Human Rights Council 30th Session

Geneva, 16 September 2015

Mr. President,
Distinguished delegates,
Ladies and gentlemen,

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolutions 18/6, 21/9, 25/15 and 27/9, I have identified in my prior reports challenges to the realization of a democratic and equitable international order, including lack of transparency and accountability, absence of democratic participation in domestic and global decision-making, asymmetric economic, financial and trade practices, military expenditures and denial of self-determination.

In this report, I address the challenge to the international order posed by certain activities of investors and transnational corporations that entail much more than interference in the regulatory space of States but actually constitute an attack on the very essence of sovereignty and self-determination, which are founding principles of the United Nations. Read more