‘We’re on the same side’, Ambiga tells #UndiRosak

Source: Malay Mail Online

PETALING JAYA, Feb 11 — Former Bersih 2.0 chair Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan told #UndiRosak proponents today that they were similar to those who wanted a change of government.

However, Ambiga said that it was still voting which would bring about real change.

“We are actually on the same side. We are not on the opposing side because you decide the system, we decide the system too. We say, you must vote to change the system. You say, we don’t vote to change [the] system.

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It’s our duty to stop bullying, says Wong

Source: The Star

Fighting against bullies: Wong with top prefects of his former school, St Xavier’s Institution in Penang. Image via The Star

GEORGE TOWN: Whenever Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai talks about his secondary school days at St Xavier’s Institution (SXI), his eyes light up with pride – until he gets to the topic of bullying.

“I could’ve been stronger or louder in helping the students who needed it,” said the award-winning newsman, now chief executive officer and group managing director of Star Media Group.

“On hindsight, staying quiet was not the best way to solve bullying, so we need to speak up now.”

Wong was back at SXI yesterday as guest of honour, 37 years after graduation, to lend his voice to R.AGE and SP Setia’s #StandTogether campaign, which was initiated following last year’s spate of deadly bullying cases.

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Expert: Online bullying can hurt more than the face-to-face kind

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: A psychologist has warned of the devastating effect that cyberbullying can have on some individuals.

Goh Chee Leong, Dean of the Faculty of Behavioural Sciences at HELP University, told FMT the harm from cyberbullying could sometimes be worse than the effects of conventional bullying.

“There is no one size fits all when it comes to the different types of bullying,” he said. “However, there could be instances where cyberbullying may affect the victim just as badly, if not worse, than face-to-face bullying.

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Stop harassing #UndiRosak activist, say DAP MP and NGO

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 31 — A civil rights group and a DAP lawmaker called today for a stop to the harassment of a female activist advocating for the right to spoil one’s vote in the 14th general election.

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) secretary-general Robyn Choi, in a statement, said the attacks on Maryam Lee were a breach of Lee’s rights to be treated humanely and to freely express her opinions.

She said political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse and not through immature or personal attacks.

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STATEMENT: HAKAM condemns toxic online bullying against Ms Maryam Lee and other proponents of UndiRosak Movement

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 31 Jan 2018

HAKAM CONDEMNS TOXIC ONLINE BULLYING AGAINST
MS MARYAM LEE AND OTHER PROPONENTS OF UNDIROSAK MOVEMENT

Ms Maryam Lee, activist and writer, has received a vicious onslaught of online abuse following her public comments on the #UndiRosak Movement. The attacks on Ms Lee go far beyond criticism of her political ideas. Rather, they attack and bully her personally.

These online attacks are a breach of Ms Lee’s right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment[1] and her right to hold and express opinions without interference.[2] Political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse, not through immature, personal attacks. Productive public discourse requires us to respect the humanity of our opponents, even if we strongly disagree with their views. Everyone is entitled to the protections human rights provide, regardless of their political view. Read more

STATEMENT: HAKAM condemns toxic online bullying against Ms Maryam Lee and other proponents of UndiRosak Movement

STATEMENT DATED 31 Jan 2018

HAKAM CONDEMNS TOXIC ONLINE BULLYING AGAINST
MS MARYAM LEE AND OTHER PROPONENTS OF UNDIROSAK MOVEMENT

Ms Maryam Lee, activist and writer, has received a vicious onslaught of online abuse following her public comments on the #UndiRosak Movement. The attacks on Ms Lee go far beyond criticism of her political ideas. Rather, they attack and bully her personally.

These online attacks are a breach of Ms Lee’s right to be free from inhuman or degrading treatment[1] and her right to hold and express opinions without interference.[2] Political disagreements should be addressed through respectful discourse, not through immature, personal attacks. Productive public discourse requires us to respect the humanity of our opponents, even if we strongly disagree with their views. Everyone is entitled to the protections human rights provide, regardless of their political view.

The gendered nature of the abuse received by Ms Lee breaches her right to be free from sex-based discrimination. This sends a devastating message to politically active young women. It says that their voices will be silenced and that they will be ridiculed in the most personal ways, with attackers targeting their sexuality, their bodies and ultimately, their humanity.

HAKAM condemns this toxic bullying against Ms Lee and other proponents of #UndiRosak.

 

Issued on behalf of the HAKAM Executive Committee

Robyn Choi
Secretary-General
HAKAM

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[1] Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UNDHR), GA Resolution 217A (III), UN Doc A/810,1948, art 5; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1966, art 7

[2] International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR),1966, art 19

Education Ministry to issue guidelines on tackling internet abuse, cyberbullies

Source: Malay Mail Online

GELANG PATAH, Jan 1 — The Education Ministry will be formulating guidelines to tackle incidents of internet abuse, especially cyberbullying among students in the country.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk P. Kamalanathan said cyberbullying was one of the main examples that the ministry was looking at in light of students being more tech-savvy.

“The guidelines on students’ behaviour and conduct have always existed, but the ministry will improve on it by including cyberbullying as a current issue that needs to be addressed,” he said.

Kamalanathan said the inclusion of cyberbullying in the behaviour and conduct guidelines will also take into consideration aspects to protect both parties, who are the students as well as teachers. Read more

Rights group takes on online bullying

Source: The Malaysian Insight

The anonymity of the internet makes it a perfect place for cyber bullies to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy. – EPA pic, October 7, 2017.

A HUMAN rights group looking to expand laws to protect online users from cyber-harassment will complete a public feedback initiative today and prepare a consultation document it hopes will form the basis for stronger laws to tackle the problem.

The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) will compile the views under its PeopleACT initiative and hand it over to internet regulator the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), various ministries and other organisations.

MCCHR project manager Lim Ka Ea said information communication technology was increasingly used as a tool to inflict harm, abuse or threats on others, besides invading users’ privacy.

Threats of rape, death and exposure of private data, information and photographs are emotionally stressful and the damage they inflict on their victims can sometimes extend to physical trauma, she said.

“In most of these cases, perpetrators of cyber-harassment are rarely held accountable for their behaviour  and the possibility of being anonymous in cyber-space exacerbates this problem,” Lim said. Read more