Joint Statement: Ensure IPCMC Set Up Without Delay

4 Dec 2019

The undersigned civil society organisations are concerned at the sudden announcement by the government on 3 Dec 2019 that the second reading of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill would be postponed to next year. This is especially concerning since it had already been announced on 2 Dec 2019 that the chair of the Special Select Committee on Bill Considerations YB Ramkarpal Singh would table the motion for the bill to be debated on 3 Dec 2019.

In our view, the formation of the IPCMC is one of the most important reforms in new Malaysia. The need for an independent oversight body focused on improving professional standards of the police and ensuring accountability for any alleged misconduct is a long-standing issue and cannot be put off any longer.

Despite the formation of the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) 10 years ago, unfortunately, there are still regular reports of alleged police brutality, questionable police shootings and deaths in custody and outright corruption. Importantly, the EAIC does not have the power to initiate disciplinary proceedings against the police, despite findings of misconduct. We have thus seen cases where the EAIC has found serious misconduct such as tampering with diary entries and making false police reports by police officers, but have not seen any corresponding disciplinary action by the police.

The undersigned civil society organisations have participated actively in the consultations that have been held by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Liew Vui Keong together with the Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption Commission (GIACC). Although we were disappointed that the bill was not made available for comment before it was presented in Parliament for first reading, we are nevertheless encouraged by the unprecedented level of engagement from the government after that point. We have submitted our oral and written views on how we thought the bill could be improved and brought in line with international best practices.

We were also part of the consultations held by the bipartisan Special Select Committee chaired by YB Ramkarpal Singh, where oral and written submissions were also made. We commend the government and the Special Select Committee for engaging with stakeholders on this issue. We are heartened that some of our submissions have been taken into account in the amendments that have been proposed by the government and by the Special Select Committee.

We hope that the delay is indeed to fine-tune the bill and not due to inordinate pressure against the bill. We note that the police have concerns regarding the commission having disciplinary powers over them. We would like to point out however, that these powers will be exercised not by the Commission directly, but by separate disciplinary boards that will consist of commission members, a representative from the police force and a representative from the Police Force Commission.

We hope that the government will remain true to its manifesto promise to establish the IPCMC without delay and we remain committed to engaging with them and supporting this effort wherever we can.

Endorsing organisations:
1. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram)
2. Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham)
3. Justice for Sisters
4. Malaysian Action for Justice and Unity (MAJU)
5. Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center)
6. National Human Rights Society (HAKAM)

Malaysians call for corporal punishment to be banned in ALL schools

A petition to the Malaysian Government – The Cabinet
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Malaysians call for corporal punishment to be banned in ALL schools

The death of 11-year-old schoolboy Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi , who was allegedly abused by his school warden has painfully showed us that corporal punishment has no place in schools. His prayers and pleas as he endured suffering from being beaten on his legs are a stark testimony that no child must ever again experience such abuse and humiliation or death. His pleas to his parents to rescue him are testimony to his suffering in a place that has been his second home.

We, the citizens of Malaysia echo SUHAKAM‘s (National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) call to reform laws to introduce a clear ban on corporal punishment in all educational institutions as a matter of policy. Read more

SOLIDARITI UNTUK KELUARGA PASTOR RAYMOND KOH, AMRI CHE MAT DAN PASTOR JOSHUA DAN RUTH HILMI!

Joint Statement – dated 7 April 2017

Pastor Joshua Hilmy dan Ruth, Pastor Raymond Koh, dan Amri Che Mat.

Pastor Joshua Hilmy dan Ruth, Pastor Raymond Koh, dan Amri Che Mat.

Kami organisasi masyarakat sivil Malaysia seperti yang disenaraikan di bawah ingin meluahkan solidariti tidak berbelah bahagi kepada keluarga, rakan dan kominiti yang meratapi mereka yang diculik secara misteri dan masih lagi hilang hingga ke hari ini

1. Nama: Pastor Raymond Koh Keng Joo (62 tahun)

Tarikh Penculikan: 13hd Februari, 2017

Tempat Penculikan: Jalan Bahagia, Petaling Jaya

Organisasi: Harapan Komuniti

Pekerjaan: Kerja sosial membantu ibu tunggal, penagih dadah dan mereka yang menghidap HIV/AIDS

Status: Masih hilang

2. Nama:  Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth (50 tahun)

Tarikh Penculikan: 30hb November, 2016

Tempat Penculikan: Tidak pasti. Lokasi terakhir dikenali sebagai Kampung Tunku, PJ

Organisasi:  Tidak dikenalpasti

Pekerjaan: Pastor Kristian

Status: Masih hilang

3. Nama:  Amri Che Mat (43 tahun)

Tarikh Penculikan: 24hb November, 2016

Tempat Penculikan: Bukit Chabang, Perlis

Organisasi:  Perlis Hope

Pekerjaan: Peniaga forex dan aktivis sosial yang telah mengadakan projek kebajikan untuk golongan miskin, membantu  untuk membina rumah dan menyumbangkan beras  kepada keluarga yang memerlukan

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MPs urged to be present and vote against RUU355 if fast-tracked — Joint Statement

Published in: Malaysiakini

Dated 5 April 2017

We, the undersigned civil society organisations warn that if PAS president Hadi Awang’s bill to amend Act 355 is fast-tracked on Thursday and the motion to adopt it is passed, it will be adopted as a government bill as per Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s declaration on March 17.

Pic form Malaysiakini.

Pic form Malaysiakini.

To prevent this, all Members of Parliament who object to the bill must attend the Parliamentary meeting throughout April 6 (Thursday) to defeat Hadi’s Act 355 if it is fast-tracked again by an Umno minister as had happened twice on May 26 and Nov 24 last year.

The public and the parliamentarians must remember that Act 355 is alive despite BN’s U-turn on tabling it as a government bill. The BN may just fast-track the motion and allow its MPs to vote on it freely. If enough MPs who object to the bill have gone home early, it can be adopted as per Zahid’s declaration. The BN’s reversal on last Wednesday will then be shrewdly reversed.

As this is an ordinary bill, passing the motion will require only a simple majority. In other words, if only 60 MPs stay in the House when the motion to table the bill is put to vote, it can be passed with 31:29.

Hence, any parliamentarian who is absent when the bill is put on vote should be seen as silently supporting the bill, whatever their publicly-declared position is. If the motion is passed and the bill becomes a government bill, all those who are absent should be held responsible alongside those who vote for the motion. Read more

Kenyataan Solidariti bersama Siti Noor Aishah – Joint Statement

 Dated 30 March 2017
Kami, yang menyokong kenyataan ini, memandang serius akan perkembangan semasa melibatkan kes Siti Nor Aishah yang ditahan di bawah Akta SOSMA kerana dituduh memiliki 12 judul bahan bacaan haram yang berkaitan dengan kumpulan pengganas.
 
Siti Nor Aishah juga ditahan beberapa kali di bawah beberapa Akta Pencegahan Jenayah (POCA) serta dikenakan tahanan rumah selama dua tahun serta pengasingan sendiri.
 
Perkembangan semasa rejim Najib Razak yang melakukan pemerasan budaya terhadap pekerja budaya dan seni kebelakangan ini menggunakan pelbagai Akta yang menindas amat membimbangkan dan kami, menolak sekeras-kerasnya perbudakan budaya dalam memeras kegiatan seni budaya warga.
 
#SetiakawanMelawan! #MansuhSOSMA!
 
Jika anda mahu bersama untuk mendukung kenyataan ini, sila masukkan nama kolektif / individu di bawah. Sebarkan!

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LGBT Malaysians uphold democracy because we are citizens

Source: Malaysiakini

LETTER

LGBT rights supporters join Bersih 5 rally holding a banner by the Pelangi Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative in Kuala Lumpur November 19, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Joshua Tan, taken from MMO

LGBT rights supporters join Bersih 5 rally holding a banner by the Pelangi Campaign for Equality and Human Rights Initiative in Kuala Lumpur November 19, 2016. — Picture courtesy of Joshua Tan, taken from MMO

We are appalled by the absurd, irresponsible and inaccurate claims made by the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) chief executive Azril Mohd Amin regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons in two news articles here and here dated Nov 27, 2016.

In both articles, Centhra irresponsibly labeled LGBT persons and groups as ‘militant’ simply for participating in Bersih 5 and supporting the urging for clean and fair elections. LGBT persons and groups stand in solidarity with diverse groups and all people living in Malaysia urging good, transparent and accountable governance in our country.

In the articles, Centhra also criticised Bersih for allowing LGBT persons to participate in the rallies. We find the urging to isolate and police LGBT groups and persons deeply troubling.

The fact is, LGBT persons are often denied some, if not all, of fundamental human rights because of our sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression. Many LGBT persons face gross discrimination and violence within homes, schools, workplace, hospitals, and public sectors simply for being who we are. Centhra’s views increase risks and challenges for LGBT persons to seek assistance and access justice when violence occurs. Read more

Net freedom coalition condemns arrests under the CMA

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Media statement

6 June 2016

“Net freedom coalition condemns arrests under the CMA”

We, the coalition members of Net Merdeka, are greatly concerned with the recent string of arrests for alleged offences under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998. Between 25 and 31 May, individuals from different parts of the country have been arrested and subsequently ‘extradited’ to Johor for alleged offences that can be addressed without unnecessary detention.

Four football fans were taken in for questioning under the law, allegedly for criticising the owner of the Johor football club, the crown prince of the state, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim. They are Masyhur Abdullah, 29, Arrasyiddin Mohamad, 23, Muhd Salman Zakaria, 30, and a Facebooker with the name ‘Minah Pendek’; the latter arrested while on a fishing boat out on sea.

The police have unnecessarily applied for extensive and in some cases, further remand, as investigations should be conducted diligently and completed within 24 hours. Remand should also not be used as a form of punishment and with the seizure of the electronic devices allegedly used by the suspects, there is no longer any reason to detain the person once the formalities of arrest and statement taking are completed. Read more

Imminent executions in Singapore and Indonesia must be halted

Imminent executions in Singapore and Indonesia must be halted

We the undersigned, human rights organizations, and concerned human rights defenders condemn capital punishmentthe imminent executions of Kho Jabing in Singapore and at least 15 individuals which apparently includes, 4 Chinese nationals, 2 Nigerians, 2 Zimbabweans, 1 Senegalese, 1 Pakistani and 5 Indonesian nationals in Indonesia. We call on the authorities of the two countries to halt the impending executions.

On 12 May 2016, the family of Kho Jabing, a Malaysian national on death row in Singapore, received a letter from the Singapore Prisons informing them that Kho Jabing would be executed on 20 May 2016. Kho Jabing was convicted of murder in 2011. Of particular concern is the fact that there was a lack of unanimity in sentencing Kho Jabing to death, which demonstrates that reasonable doubt exists as to whether Kho Jabing deserved the death penalty. Read more