Bersih 2.0’s Maria Chin Abdullah seeks to strike out charge against her

Source: The Star Online

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said she was absolutely shocked that BN MPs could ‘stomach the stolen freedoms’ under the NSC. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR: Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah is applying to strike out her charge for allegedly failing to notify the police ahead of a rally in August.

Maria’s lead counsel Honey Tan Lay Ean said the application was filed at the High Court criminal registry on Friday.

“We are applying to strike out her charge on the grounds that when the rally happened, Section 9(5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 was already declared to be unconstitutional,” she told reporters here.

Tan and her co counsel Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said the prosecution can’t  prosecute Maria under Section 9(1) of the Act as it has been declared invalid and unconstitutional. Read more

Security personnel’s rights affected by NSC Bill, MP says

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Amanah MP and lawyer Hanipa Maidin noted Section 35 of the proposed law conferred such powers to the magistrates court, which he said could “victimise” security personnel active in 'security areas'. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

Amanah MP and lawyer Hanipa Maidin noted Section 35 of the proposed law conferred such powers to the magistrates court, which he said could “victimise” security personnel active in ‘security areas’. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 11 — Powers to refuse inquests for deaths in “security areas” declared via the National Security Council Bill would affect security personnel in the same was as civilians, a lawmaker said yesterday.

Amanah MP and lawyer Hanipa Maidin noted Section 35 of the proposed law conferred such powers to the magistrates court, which he said could “victimise” security personnel active in such areas.

He gave the example of a policeman whose insubordination prompts a superior to shoot him, and said the officer may not face an inquest if this occurs within a “security area”.

“So even with this Bill, [security personnel] are also going to be the victim… you are supposed to enforce it, but there will be no protection because the council is not going to defend you,” he told a packed hall at The Club in Bandar Utama yesterday night, where a public forum entitled ‘“NSC Act: To Protect or To Oppress?” was held.

Section 35 of the Bill allows for the dispensation of death inquiries or inquests in security areas where it is satisfied that such deaths have occurred due to operations undertaken by security forces— and this is also a concern.

National Human Rights Society chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan described the powers within the NSC Bill as frightening, saying it would absolve security personnel of any deaths they cause to prevent any crime including, for example, petty theft. Read more

TPPA Memperdagangkan Hak-Hak Asasi Manusia? – Karina Yong

Terbitan Istimewa HAKAM sempena sambutan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia 2015
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project

ADAKAH PERJANJIAN PERKONGSIAN TRANS-PASIFIK (TPPA) MEMPERDAGANGKAN HAK-HAK ASASI MANUSIA?

Karangan KARINA YONG

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

Bayangkan:

Ubat untuk barah berjaya dihasilkan tetapi tidak ramai yang boleh mendapatkannya kerana ubat tersebut sengaja dijadikan tidak mampu diperolehi;

Anda dulunya gembira kerana syarikat yang mengendalikan loji pemprosesan nadir bumi (‘rare earth’) di kawasan kejiranan anda telah diperintahkan oleh kerajaan (AKHIRNYA!) untuk menghentikan operasinya yang menyebabkan para penduduk dilanda penyakit. Kini, anda mendapat tahu bahawa loji tersebut akan memulakan semula operasinya meskipun kerajaan telah mengeluarkan perintah henti kerja tersebut. Kerajaan juga terpaksa membayar gantirugi kepada syarikat tersebut daripada wang rakyat kerana mengeluarkan perintah henti kerja! Read more

The TPPA: Trading Human Rights – Karina Yong

EXCLUSIVE, published in collaboration with MMO
>> Read original article in Bahasa Malaysia

BY KARINA YONG

Pic taken from FMT News

Pic taken from FMT News

OPINION, Dec 11 — Imagine this: There is a cure for cancer but it’s out of reach because it’s made unaffordable.

You celebrate because the company running that rare earth processing plant in your neighbourhood was ordered by the government (FINALLY!) to stop its operations which were making residents ill. Now you hear that it is resuming operations despite the stop work order, and  the government has to pay the company damages out of taxpayers’ pockets for issuing the stop work order! Read more