Orang Asli rally together, set up new barricades

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More than 200 Orang Asli from villages around Gua Musang come to support those who have been arrested, urging police to release them. Pic taken from FMT News

More than 200 Orang Asli from villages around Gua Musang come to support those who have been arrested, urging police to release them. Pic taken from FMT News

GUA MUSANG: The Orang Asli in Gua Musang are not giving up the fight against logging activities as they set up new barricades this morning, and with greater numbers this time.

It was not long after about 40 men were arrested by police at the Simpang Petei logging site on Tuesday, that more than 200 Orang Asli folk came from all around the villages in Gua Musang and camped out near Parit.

This time they are also calling for the authorities not to harass the community and to release the men who were arrested earlier. Read more

Cartoons not a threat, protesters not terrorists, says NGO

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ARTICLE 19 says international law allows civil society organisations to seek, receive and use financial resources, regardless of the country of origin. Pic from FMT News.

ARTICLE 19 says international law allows civil society organisations to seek, receive and use financial resources, regardless of the country of origin. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: ARTICLE 19, an international NGO, says cartoons are not a threat to society and that those who protest against governments are not terrorists.

It also said women’s rights organisations were not “detrimental to democracy”, referring to the recent police raid on the group Empower.

ARTICLE 19 said the criminal investigations into Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah and activists and politicians who were arrested before and following the Bersih 5 rally, cartoonist Zunar, and any staff of Empower, must cease.

Additionally, it said in a statement today, the nine pending Sedition charges against political cartoonist Zunar, must be dropped without condition. Read more

The Rohingya genocide: help or hype? — Dennis Ignatius

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Tragically, even now, instead of urgent action to stop the genocide, the Rohingya are getting mostly hype and hypocrisy. It’s a shocking commentary on our approach to human rights and human tragedy. Pic from FMT News.

Tragically, even now, instead of urgent action to stop the genocide, the Rohingya are getting mostly hype and hypocrisy. It’s a shocking commentary on our approach to human rights and human tragedy. Pic from FMT News.

The news coming out of Myanmar’s Rakhine state is grim. Genocide is once again rearing its ugly head, this time in our own region. Mass killings and rape are being carried out with staggering impunity. Whole villages are being wiped out and its inhabitants forced to flee. It is human suffering on a horrific scale being played out in full view. It is an outrage, a crime against humanity, racism and intolerance at its worst.

This is a crisis that has been more than a decade in the making. Read more