The Buzz in Social Media: Fake News, Propaganda or Stigma?

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NO ONE is free from the politics of information in this digital age, and whatever its shortfalls, the internet has democratised information and changed the way we create and consume information, including “fake news”. But what is fake news? Who gets to decide if news is fake or not?

This session will help unpack what we mean when we talk about ‘fake news’, ‘misinformation’ and disinformation, in particular how these are weaponised against human rights advocates, activists, media, politicians and democracy.

THE BUZZ IN SOCIAL MEDIA: Fake News, Propaganda or Stigma?
Forum by Empower
Sun 17 Dec 2017, 1.30pm
Ground floor, The SchoolJaya One, Petaling Jaya.

1. Asohan Aryaduray, Star Online, Senior Editor
2. Rizal Guaperas, Empower, Advocacy Officer
3. Nik Elin Nik Rashid, lawyer
4. Zurairi ARThe Malay Mail, Assistant News Editor

This forum is part of Art For Grabs: Laundromat of Love, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec 2017, at The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya.

Rape and Hate Online: The Hidden Costs of A Malicious Culture

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We get told too often that what happens online is not real, that the rape threat is only meant as a joke. That a private social media group that objectifies women is just that, private. And that all of these actions do no harm. How true is that? What options do we have in the face of such online hate and attacks? Is keeping silent a solution?

Are women and girls particularly at risk? Or do men and boys face the same hate, harassment and violence online? What are the costs? Is there anything we can do as individuals or as a society?

Let’s discuss, unpack and build solidarity against such a malicious culture.

1. Maryam Lee, feminist, writer
2. Nalisa A. Amin, social media influencer
3. Kok Sen Wai, Editor for The Malaysian Feminist page on Facebook
4. Serene Lim, Empower, Research and Resource Development Officer

This forum is part of Art For Grabs: Laundromat of Love, Sat 16 & Sun 17 Dec 2017, at The School, Jaya One, Petaling Jaya.

Free Trade Agreement, ISDS and Its Impact on Human Rights

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Monitoring Sustainability of GlobalizatioN (MSN) cordially invite you to a book launch entitled: “Rethinking Bilateral Investment Treaties : Critical Issues and Policy Choices”.

The book launch will coincide with a public forum titled Free Trade Agreement, Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) and Its Impact on Human Rights.

The event details are as follow :

Date : Saturday, 18 November 2017
Time : 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Venue : Event Hall, Gerakbudaya
2, Jalan Bukit 11/2, 46200 Petaling jaya, Selangor.

Speakers :

  • Kavaljit Singh, book author, researcher at non profit organisation Madhyam and has been focusing on FTA and its impact on developing countries including India.
  • Dr. Burghard Ilge, Senior Policy Officer with Both ENDS, an independent non-governmental organization based in Amsterdam
  • YB Charles Santiago, DAP Member of Parliament and Chairperson of ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights

The book brings together the experiences of a variety of countries in managing FTAs and in particular Investor State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) mechanism.

Specifically the speakers will examine how ISDS forces governments to potentially surrender their policy making space, sovereignty of nations to multinational corporations. ISDS has a tendency to undermine the local judicial system.

Malaysia will have an ISDS chapter in all the three major FTAs it is presently negotiating such as the TPPA, RCEP and EU- Malaysia.

The international civil society have been very critical of the ISDS mechanism that allows investors to sue the state through international tribunals. These tribunals are undemocratically appointed and have the power to penalise elected governments for billions if not millions of US dollars.

It’s a pleasure to have book authors Kavaljit Singh and Dr. Burghade Ilge to share their thoughts on Globalization, trade and its impact on Human Rights.

Admission is Free. Please click here to RSVP. Any queries please contact Mr. Ng at the below contact number.

Email :
Tel No. : 0111-0664526

Monitoring Sustainability of Globalisation (MSN) is a policy think-and-do-tank based in Kuala Lumpur, MSN provides a platform for activists to put forth new ideas in line with social democratic principles. Focusing on identifying the impact of globalisation on migrant workers, MSN is in touch with regional networks, and also covers areas related to water privatisation, nuclear power plants and tax justice. MSN is also a part of the inter-regional Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF) which is a loose coalition of NGOs which work actively on corporate power and reclaiming the social commons.

Perkembangan Islam di Malaysia: Dari Era Sanggul ke Era Hijab

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Forum ini merupakan ruang diskusi bagi mengulas tentang Perkembangan Islam di Malaysia. Dengan perederan masa yang kian pesat, Islam telah menjadi antara salah satu tunggak dalam perkembangan Malaysia. Islam amat dititik beratkan dalam pelbagai perkara merangkumi pendidikan, ekonomi dan juga perlaksanaan undang-undang. Jadi persoalannya, adakah ini perkembangan Malaysia paling ideal bagi sebuah negara yang majmuk?

They Don’t Care About Us: Statelessness in Malaysia

“They Don’t Care About Us: Statelessness in Malaysia”
17 May 2017 (Wednesday)
7.30 pm – 10.00 pm
Prodigy, Level 6, Block 2, Brickfields Asia College (BAC) PJ Campus
VSQ @ PJ City Centre, Block 2, Jalan Utara, 46200 Seksyen 14, Selangor, Malaysia
Light refreshments will be provided.
1. Illy Kamaludin
Protection Associate (Statelessness), UNHCR Malaysia
2. Nanthini Ramalo
Commitee Member, DHRRA Malaysia
3. Syahredzan Johan
Human Rights Lawyer
Marques Jeevan Menon (Moderator)
Principal, Nation Building School
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), every 10 minutes 1 stateless child is born somewhere in the world. The prevention and resolution of childhood statelessness have become one of the key goals of UNHCR’s Global Campaign to End Statelessness by 2024.
Today, at least 10 million people around the world are denied a nationality. As a result, they often aren’t allowed to go to school, see a doctor, get a job, open a bank account, buy a house or even get married. Stateless people may have difficulty accessing basic rights such as education, healthcare, employment and freedom of movement. Without these things, they can face a lifetime of obstacles and disappointment. Read more about statelessness at
This forum will discuss about statelessness in Malaysia from the current situation, definition, causes, consequences and potential actionables by the citizens.

Launch & Forum: Kleptocrazy Malaysia: Declare Your Assets Now!

Kleptocrazy Malaysia: Declare Your Assets Now! is a campaign coordinated by C4 Center as one of the leading civil society organizations in partnership with other sectors of society, aims to provide an interactive platform for Malaysians to be actively and directly involved in combating corruption and abuse of power in three ways:

Firstly, to track public officials’ unexplained wealth or assets by taking photos or videos and submitting them online. Secondly, to cultivate a culture of whistleblowing and public-oriented reporting among the public. Thirdly, to get formal sources from the annual Auditor General’s reports on mismanagement, leakages and malpractices in the government sectors. Read more