Rogol dalam perkahwinan itu jenayah, kata WAO

Sumber: FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mendesak kerajaan meminda Akta Imigresen kerana undang-undang sedia ada menyebabkan isteri warga asing kepada rakyat Malaysia terdedah kepada keganasan rumah tangga. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: Pertubuhan Pertolongan Wanita (WAO) mengulangi gesaannya supaya rogol dalam perkahwinan dianggap sebagai jenayah, sempena wanita di seluruh dunia meraikan Hari Wanita Antarabangsa hari ini.

Dalam laporan kajian kesnya bertajuk “Perspektif terhadap Keganasan Rumah Tangga” yang dikeluarkan hari ini, NGO itu berkata rogol – sama ada ia berlaku dalam perkahwinan atau tidak – adalah jenayah di bawah standard antarabangsa.

Tetapi di Malaysia, Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan menyatakan hubungan seks tanpa rela tidak dianggap sebagai jenayah apabila ia berlaku antara pasangan berkahwin.

“Rogol dalam perkahwinan dikenali dalam Konvensyen Mengenai Penyingkiran Semua Bentuk Diskriminasi Terhadap Wanita (Cedaw) Jawatankuasa Cadangan Umum 19, yang menyatakan ‘Dalam kalangan hubungan keluarga, wanita semua peringkat umur tertakluk kepada semua bentuk keganasan, termasuk pukul, rogol dan serangan seksual lain’.”

Laporan itu menyatakan jawatankuasa PBB Cedaw meminta Putrajaya menjadikan rogol dalam perkahwinan sebagai jenayah sejak 2006.

“Kami mendesak kerajaan dengan segera meminda bahasa dalam Seksyen 375 Kanun Keseksaan dan berhenti membenarkan amalan rogol dalam perkahwinan,” menurut laporan itu. Read more

Plight of working class women remain unresolved after 100 years – Joint Statement

Dated 8 March 2017

Versi BM

Pic from Aliran.

Pic from Aliran.

Cabaran wanita kelas pekerja belum selesai sejak 100 tahun yang dulu

Kenyataan bersama NGO dan parti politik kepada Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat sempena Hari Wanita Sedunia 2017.

Walaubagaimanapun, kami amat terkilan kerana isu-isu yang telah diperjuangkan oleh kaum wanita 100 tahun yang lalu pada tahun 1917 di Russia menuntut “makanan (roti) dan keamanan” masih dialami oleh kaum wanita pada tahun 2017 ini. Perjuangan wanita Russia pada 8 Mac,1917 telah menjadi pencetus perjuangan yang telah menjatuhkan pemerintah Tsar Russia yang kejam pada ketika itu.

Perjuangan untuk keperluan asas untuk hidup masih relevan sekarang dimana majoriti wanita golongan pekerja berpendapatan rendah, ibu tunggal dan kaum ibu miskin kota menghadapi kesukaran setiap hari menampung kos hidup yang semakin meningkat.

Pada hari yang penting ini, kita mengenang perjuangan pemimpin wanita kelas pekerja dan marhaen yang telah berkorban demi memperjuangkan nasib rakyat tertindas. Read more

Amnesty honours Maria Chin for fighting injustice

Source: FMT News

(File) Maria Chin Abdullah, center, chairwoman of the Bersih movement - a coalition for clean and fair elections. Pic: AP.

(File) Maria Chin Abdullah, center, chairwoman of the Bersih movement – a coalition for clean and fair elections. Pic: AP.

PETALING JAYA: Amnesty International has hailed Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah for her stand against injustice in the country.

In a statement released in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Amnesty’s director for Southeast Asia and the Pacific, Champa Patel, said Maria was a distinguished human rights activist who had faced harassment, threats, imprisonment and violence for standing up for human rights. Read more

MACC: Half of civil servants found guilty of graft are under 40

Source: New Strait Times

PUTRAJAYA: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today revealed that half of Malaysian government officers found guilty of graft are under the age of 40.

MACC Deputy Chief Commissioner (Prevention) Datuk Shamshun Baharin Mohd Jamil attributed the corruption among young civil servants to today’s demanding lifestyle.

“We have cases where junior government officers and clerks can afford to buy the latest iPhone models and drive expensive cars. Their flashy lifestyle does not match their measly pay as young officers and administrative assistants under the government pay scale.”

Shamsun Baharin was speaking at a joint-forum with the Rural and Regional Development Ministry here.

MACC figures state that between 2014 to 2016, 2,329 arrests were made for graft. From that figure, 54 per cent or 1,267 people were aged 40 and below. Read more

Article 121 amendment illegal, says ex-judge

Source: FMT News

Gopal Sri Ram says changes in 1988, which effectively removed the independence of the judiciary, is illegal because it cuts across basic structure of written Federal Constitution. Pic from FMT News.

Gopal Sri Ram says changes in 1988, which effectively removed the independence of the judiciary, is illegal because it cuts across basic structure of written Federal Constitution. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The amendment to Article 121 of the Federal Constitution in 1988 has effectively stripped the judiciary of its independence, a retired Federal Court judge says.

Gopal Sri Ram said the amendment to remove the phrase “judicial power of the Federation” during the term of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad restricted the judiciary, and thus had ruined the constitutional scheme of Malaysia.

“As a result, the Federal Court in a murder case of a teenager held that the court only has such powers and jurisdiction that Parliament allows it to have,” he told FMT.

Sri Ram said this in response to an observation made by Navi Pillay, a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights that Malaysia did not have an independent judiciary.

At a talk in Penang last week, Pillay who now sits on the constitutional court of South Africa, said the jurisdiction of the Malaysian judiciary was circumscribed by Parliament through that amendment in 1988. Read more

Ploy to prevent new voter registrations in Selangor — Bersih Press Statement

Bersih 2.0 press statement

8 March 2017

downloadPloy to prevent new voter registrations in Selangor

BERSIH 2.0 is alarmed at what appears to be a strategic if not deliberate attempt by certain parties to disenfranchise voters through exploiting the voter objection provision in the Elections (Registration of Electors) Regulations 2002, which allows for objections to new registrations.

The objection provision in the Regulations is in place to weed out phantom voters but unfortunately the recent trend in objections may give rise to a misperception that there is a conscious, racially-targeted effort to block new voters from registering.

Once objected, the new voters need to be present at the EC office for an enquiry and prove that they are a legitimate voter in the constituency. BERSIH 2.0 staff and volunteers spent two hours at EC’s office in Shah Alam on 6 March 2017 to monitor and witness for themselves over 20 newly registered voters turn up at the Election Commission (EC) Selangor Office to face their objectors. An EC official informed BERSIH 2.0 that they hear 100 cases per day.  Read more