Tackling human trafficking in ASEAN — Ruji Auethavornpipat

Tackling human trafficking in ASEAN — Ruji Auethavornpipat

Source: New Mandala

BY RUJI AUETHAVORNPIPAT

ASEAN’s new convention against human trafficking is noteworthy progress on an issue that plagues Southeast Asia. But without a focus on prevention, trafficking won’t stop, writes Ruji Auethavornpipat

Taken from www.asean.org

Taken from www.asean.org

On 6 February, the Philippines became the sixth member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to ratify the ASEAN Convention Against Trafficking in Persons, Especially Women and Children (ACTIP). The ACTIP will now come into force in 30 days.

This is monumental for ASEAN as the ACTIP is the first legally-binding regional instrument to tackle human trafficking. However, three fundamental issues will impede the successful eradication of human trafficking in the ASEAN region. Read more

SIS allowed to continue judicial review against ‘deviant’ fatwa

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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Lawyer Surendra Ananth (third from left) and members and supporters of Sisters in Islam are pictured at the Palace of Justice, Putrajaya, following the Court of Appeal’s favourable decision on March 2, 2017. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA, March 2 — The Court of Appeal reversed today a lower court’s ruling that had dismissed Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) judicial review application against a fatwa that labelled the women’s group as deviant.

The case will now be remitted to the Kuala Lumpur High Court to be heard in front of another judge, with case mention scheduled for March 9.

“We unanimously disagree with the High Court ruling. We allow the appeal,” Justice Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat told the court here when reading out the decision.

The panel that also included judges Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli and Datuk Zaleha Yusof did not go into the merits of the judicial review, and made no order with regards to costs.

The appellants were represented by lawyers Surendra Ananth and Fahri Azzat, while Selangor legal adviser Datuk Nik Suhaimi Nik Sulaiman and lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff presented for the respondents.

On October 31, 2014, SIS filed for judicial review of a gazetted fatwa in Selangor that declared the group as “deviants” in Islam due to their alleged religious liberalism and pluralism.

The fatwa also deemed any publications with elements of liberalism and religious pluralism as “haram”, or forbidden to Muslims, and can be seized by religious authorities. Read more

Suhakam calls on gov’t to monitor, regulate businesses to prevent child labour

Source: The Sun Daily

SUHAKAMPETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said the government must monitor and regulate businesses to prevent child labour.

This also extends to lawmakers who should unite in solidarity to fight human trafficking.

“The government has committed significant resources to combating trafficking in persons and Suhakam will continue to engage with all stakeholders to ensure that human trafficking and modern day slavery remains high on our agenda,” its chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement.

He added that Suhakam will discuss the issue with all parties including parliamentarians and government agencies.

He went on to remind all that human trafficking is a serious criminal offence and a grave violation of human rights.

“It roots its profit from human suffering.

“Suhakam reiterates that child labour violates the fulfilment of the full range of children’s rights as contained in the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC),” he said. Read more

Is your MP representing your views on public policy? And do you even care?

Source: The Malay Mail Online

A general lack of interest when it comes to national-level issues may also explain why some voters do not participate in any discussions or seek out their lawmakers on policy matters. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

A general lack of interest when it comes to national-level issues may also explain why some voters do not participate in any discussions or seek out their lawmakers on policy matters. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — It is safe to say that we Malaysians are a vocal lot when it comes to politics (just check social media!) and during the general elections, many take the trouble to vote. Even if they are living far from where they are registered.

But does our involvement in how we want the country to be run stop there? Do we actively reach out to our MPs on proposed public policy issues like Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s proposed private member’s Bill — better known by its Malay abbreviation RUU 355 — to enhance the power of the Shariah courts?

Are their views on national issues representative of ours? Do we even know or care?

Malay Mail Online reached out to lawmakers, activists and ordinary Malaysians to find out more. Read more