Activists get nod to challenge constitutionality of street protest ban in High Court

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Adam Adli (picture) and Mohd Fariz were both arrested in February last year for participating in a KitaLawan rally and were subsequently charged under the PAA on September 8. — Picture by Choo Choy May.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 15 — Two activists charged over their participation in a street protest last year will be allowed to challenge the constitutionality of the ban on open air and moving assemblies in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 at the High Court.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris decided today to allow Mohd Fariz Musa and Adam Adli Abd Halim’s applications to refer questions on the constitutionality of the Act to the High Court, and postponed their cases pending the latter court’s disposal of the matter.

Lawyer Eric Paulsen told reporters later that the PAA has in the past been challenged before but never on its provisions on street protests.

“Though the PAA was challenged before, the provision challenged was on the notice period. We are now challenging provisions pertaining to street protests,” he said.

Adam Adli and Mohd Fariz were both arrested in February last year for participating in a KitaLawan rally and were subsequently charged under the PAA on September 8.

On December 17, the duo filed applications under Section 30 of the Courts of Judicature Act 1964 to refer a constitutional question to the KL High Court on whether Sections 4(1)(c), 4(2)(c) and 4(3) of the PAA 2012 were incompatible with Articles 8, 9 and 10 of the Federal Constitution, which provides for freedom of assembly, movement and freedom of speech.

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Malnutrition cause of death in Malaysia-Thai trafficking route victims, autopsy shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A soldier walks among the ruins of an immigrant camp found near the Malaysia-Thai border last May. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

ALOR SETAR, April 15 — Examination of bodies exhumed from graves in camps used by human traffickers have revealed the main cause of death was malnutrition and poor living conditions, said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

He said the authorities were done identifying the cause of death, having painstakingly retrieved the remains from deep in the jungle.

“We did not uncover evidence that those found in graves had died violently. There were no indicators of that,” he said.

“They died of poor health, horrible living conditions and illnesses.”

In May last year, several human trafficking camps were discovered along the Thai-Malaysia border. The graves and remains of at least 139 individuals were discovered, mostly ethnic Rohingya fleeing inter-religious strife in Myanmar. Read more