Putrajaya told to drop activist’s criminal case on showing Sri Lanka documentary

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The Star reported that the High Court reversed yesterday the acquittal of Lena Hendry (centre), who was charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening ‘No Fire Zone’ without approval from the Censorship Board, and ordered her to enter her defence. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

The Star reported that the High Court reversed yesterday the acquittal of Lena Hendry (centre), who was charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening ‘No Fire Zone’ without approval from the Censorship Board, and ordered her to enter her defence. — Picture by Sulok Tawie

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 22 ― The Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Malaysia today to end the prosecution of activist Lena Hendry for illegally screening a documentary on war crimes in Sri Lanka.

The global human rights group said criminalising the screening of films without government approval imposed a “disproportionate” burden on the right to freedom of expression.

“Prosecuting Lena Hendry for the private showing of an award-winning film is all part of the Malaysia government’s intensified intimidation, harassment, and criminalisation of human rights defenders,” Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at HRW, said in a statement.

“The government should end Hendry’s three-year ordeal by dropping the charges and then promptly amending the Film Censorship Act so no other activists face prison just for showing a movie,” he added.

Local daily The Star reported that the High Court here reversed yesterday the acquittal of Hendry, who was charged under the Film Censorship Act 2002 for screening “No Fire Zone” without approval from the Censorship Board, and ordered her to enter her defence. Read more

Court reverses Hendry’s acquittal order

Source: The Star Online

Pic taken from FMT News

Lena Hendry (centre), after Magistrate Mohd Rehab Mohd Aris, had ruled to acquit her last March. Pic taken from FMT News

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has set aside an acquittal order for activist Lena Hendry and ordered her to enter her defence over the charge of screening a documentary that had not been approved by the Censorship Board.

In reversing the acquittal order Wednesday, Judicial Commissioner Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah found that there was a prima facie case against Hendry.

He ordered Hendry to enter her defence before the magistrate’s court where she had been charged.

Hendry’s lawyer Edmund Bon said they will fight the case till the end and believe they have a strong defence.

“It is a documentary talk about human rights violation in another country,” he told reporters later.

He said the DPP would write to the magistrate’s court to get a case management date.

“We will deal on the issue of her bail in the magistrate’s court,” he added.

Previously, Hendry’s bail was set at RM1,000 but it was returned to her after her acquittal in March.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris had held that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against Hendry.

A total of eight prosecution witnesses were called to give evidence in the five-day trial. Read more

Suhakam hopes centre can be established in a local public university

Source: The Sun Daily

Suhakam Chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam - TRP file pic

Suhakam Chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam – TRP file pic

BANGI: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has expressed hopes that a centre can be established in a local public university to help advocate for human rights in the country.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said that at the moment, there are no such centres in the country, while neighbouring countries including Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia have at least one such centre.

“By having such a centre, we can help cultivate interest among our people on human rights.

“Currently, students have to travel to Australia, United Kingdom or America to study courses regarding human rights,” he said.

While noting that establishing such a centre is still in the discussion stage, Hasmy said such a centre could push Malaysia’s standards to be at par with other countries in the field of human rights.

He told reporters this after signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) and Suhakam at the university today. Read more

European Union–Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement initialled today

Source: European Union – EASS

PRESS RELEASE
Brussels, 06/04/2016

European Union–Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement initialled today

The chief negotiators of the European Union and Malaysia initialled today the text of the EU-Malaysia Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) at a ceremony held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Malaysia in Putrajaya. The initialling marks the successful closure of negotiations that started in October 2010.

Federica Mogherini, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission said: “Today’s initialling is a concrete step that will further advance our bilateral relations. The Agreement will reinforce our political dialogue with Malaysia on a range of issues, among them counter-terrorism and the promotion of human rights and of international justice.” Read more