Indigenous peoples most marginalised, says Jaos

Source: Daily Express

Kota Kinabalu: Indigenous peoples in the country are among the most marginalised groups today due to the many gaps between the Federal Constitution and the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of the Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and the International Labour Organisation’s Convention No. 169 on Indigenous and Tribal Peoples (ILO C169).

Indigenous Peoples Network of Malaysia (Joas) Secretariat Director, Jannie Lasimbang, said one of the most apparent gaps is the absence of any provision that safeguards the culture, traditional knowledge and language of indigenous people in the Constitution.

“In terms of land and natural resources, because we had so many experiences with regards to this issue, there have been a lot of improvement over the years. A lot more issues have been covered in the Constitution, but in terms of implementation, it is still not as beautiful as its theory,” she said. Read more

TPPA may cause Malaysian farmers to lose rights, claim activist groups

Source: The Star Online

File pic of a rice farmer in Tanjung Karang.

PETALING JAYA: Activist groups are claiming that Malaysian small farmers could lose out, as seed companies stand to benefit from longer monopolies under the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA).

One of the conditions under the TPPA is that member countries are required to join the International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants 1991 (UPOV91), which Malaysia is not a member of.

The claim, by US-based Public Citizen and the Penang-based Third World Network (TWN), comes in the wake of a leaked document on the TPPA on whistleblower site WikiLeaks.

According to the groups, changing the current plant variety protection (PVP) laws would result in farmers not being able to exchange seeds. The UPOV91 would also require protection to be provided for all species of plants.

Preventing farmers from exchanging their seeds is contrary to the practices of many developing nations and is needed for crop and variety rotation. Read more

Activist remanded four days for sedition over tweet

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) meanwhile condemned the use of the Sedition Act on Khalid as unnecessary, saying his alleged tweet on October 6 was not seditious at all. — Picture by Yiswaree Palansamy

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Activist Khalid Mohd Ismath has been rearrested under the Sedition Act 1948 and remanded today for four days over an alleged tweet criticising the detention of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) critic Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer Matthias Chang.

News portal Malaysiakini reported that Khalid was first detained Wednesday in Johor Baru under the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 and that he was supposed to be released last night after the court denied a police application for an extension to his two-day remand.

“This morning when he was brought to court, the police were granted a four-day remand,” Sevan Doraisamy, executive director of human rights group Suaram, told Malaysiakini after getting the information from Khalid’s wife. Read more

Found Orang Asli girl claims only she and another the only ones alive [UPDATED]

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 10 — Ten-year-old Norieen Yaakob, who was found alive together with another girl out of seven Orang Asli children after disappearing for 47 days, claimed that the rest were dead.

Norieen and Mirsudiar Aluj, 11, were found alive in the jungles of Gua Musang, Kelantan, yesterday in a malnourished state, while the bodies of Sasa Sobrie, 8, and Ika Ayel, 9, have been discovered, along with the skeletal remains of a child that has yet to be identified.

“They are all dead. We are all that’s left,” Norieen was quoted saying. Read more

Public can challenge A-G’s refusal to charge 1MDB, say lawyers

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Bank Negara Malaysia can challenge in court the Attorney- General’s decision to drop investigations into 1MDB, say lawyers. – Reuters file pic, October 10, 2015.

Any member of the public or entity, including Bank Negara Malaysia, can challenge in court the Attorney-General’s decision that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has not committed any offence despite the central bank’s appeal to review the case, lawyers said.

Lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad said such a challenge had never been mounted in Malaysia but it had been done in other Commonwealth jurisdictions.

“If one thinks that there is bad faith by the A-G’s refusal to prosecute, one could go to the court for remedy,” said the criminal lawyer.

This legal view comes as the central bank issued a statement yesterday that its probe into 1MDB had found that the state investor made inaccurate or incomplete disclosures to secure permissions for overseas investments. Read more

Wikileaks release of TPP deal text stokes ‘freedom of expression’ fears

Source: The Guardian

Intellectual property rights chapter appears to give Trans-Pacific Partnership countries’ countries greater power to stop information from going public

President Obama meets with agriculture and business leaders to discuss the benefits of the Trans-Pacific Partnership for American business and workers. Photograph: Martin H Simon/EPA

Wikileaks has released what it claims is the full intellectual property chapter of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), the controversial agreement between 12 countries that was signed off on Monday.

TPP was negotiated in secret and details have yet to be published. But critics including Democrat presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders,unions and privacy activists have lined up to attack what they have seen of it. Wikileaks’ latest disclosures are unlikely to reassure them.

A drafter’s note says that every participating country’s individual laws about whistleblowing would still apply.

“The text of the TPP’s intellectual property chapter confirms advocates warnings that this deal poses a grave threat to global freedom of expression and basic access to things like medicine and information,” said Evan Greer, campaign director of internet activist group Fight for the Future. “But the sad part is that no one should be surprised by this. It should have been obvious to anyone observing the process, where appointed government bureaucrats and monopolistic companies were given more access to the text than elected officials and journalists, that this would be the result.” Read more