Renewed calls for IPCMC after failure to stop custodial deaths

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 2 — Civil society groups have renewed calls for the government to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), calling the current Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) an organisation without “bite”.

In a public forum organised by the Bar Council Task Force on IPCMC today and in collaboration with several other human rights groups at the Bar Council’s new headquarters near Dataran Merdeka, they insisted that the EAIC had failed to stop deaths in custody.

Other participants included representatives from the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), National Human Rights Society (Hakam), the Promotion of Human Rights Malaysia (Proham), and Eliminating Deaths and Abuse in Custody Together (EDICT). Read more

Suaram hits out at cops for ‘selective efficiency’

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has expressed concern over what it described as the “selective efficiency” of the police force.

Suaram adviser Kua Kia Soong said that the police seemed super-efficient when apprehending alleged “international terrorists” but their ignorance in the disappearance of ordinary Malaysians were mind-boggling.

“Yesterday, the statement by the Inspector-General of Police Mohamad Fuzi Harun that M Indira Gandhi’s former husband is still believed to be in the country, but the authorities have no idea where he is, is an astounding example of this selective efficiency of the Malaysian police,” he said in a statement.

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Suhakam: Stop imposing conditions on stateless kids entering schools

Source: Free Malaysia Today

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has criticised the government for still imposing conditions on stateless children wanting to enter public schools.

Suhakam chief Razali Ismail said the position taken by the government is severe and detrimental to such children.

He was referring to the statement by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi on Jan 11 that only stateless children whose citizenship applications are pending will be allowed to enrol in government schools.

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PM to launch National Human Rights Action Plan in March – Azalina

Source: Malaysiakini

The government is set to launch the much-awaited National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in March this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said today.

Speaking at her annual address to the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) in Putrajaya, Azalina thanked the division for its achievements in 2017 and anticipated that the launch of the NHRAP would be another milestone.

“Prime Minister (Najib Abdul Razak) will launch the National Human Rights Action Plan and my target is either early March or the end of February.

“The setting up of this National Human Rights Action Plan will be a success, as we know this is the PM’s legacy.

“(This is) so that the rakyat will understand that human rights issues are very important in our country,” she said as she addressed members of the 13 agencies parked under the division.

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Many questions over pastor’s abduction — Gurdial Singh Nijar

Source: The Sun Daily

BY GURDIAL SINGH NIJAR
(Deputy President, HAKAM)

A LETTER from the IGP triggered the derailing of the Suhakam Inquiry into the abduction of Pastor Koh just when it was about to commence its final three days’ hearing. Two crucial witnesses were required to take the stand: a senior officer from the Special Branch unit of the police; and a technical officer to explain the malfunctioning of the critical CCTV cameras along the alleged abduction route.

The IGP’s letter to Suhakam stated that a person had been charged the day before for the kidnapping and abduction of the pastor. Together with seven others at large. All very well it appeared until it was revealed that the person charged was a young Chinese part-time driver. The same person that the police had charged in an ongoing trial for trying to extort money from the family by alleging (falsely) that he had information on the missing pastor.

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Lawyers renew call for special commission on police misconduct

Source: Free Malaysia Today 

EDICT spokesman M. Visvanathan — Picture by Choo Choy May

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers and rights activists have again called for a special commission to address police misconduct, in the wake of the confirmation that police were to blame for the death in custody of S Balamurugan last year.

They said that only an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) can address the issue.

Lawyer M Visvanathan said no suspects should die in lock-ups during an investigation, as they are innocent until proven guilty in court.

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MoH: Custodial medical unit to eventually be extended to smaller lockups, immigration depots

Source: Malay Mail Online

View from outside a prison

The CMU will first be implemented at the Jinjang, Kuala Lumpur centralised lockup before it is extended to other lockups. — Picture by Suhakam via Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 — The proposed custodial medical unit (CMU) at centralised lockups will eventually be extended to smaller lockups throughout the country, Deputy Health Director-General (Medical) Datuk Dr S. Jeyaindran has said.

Dr Jeyaindran, who is in charge of medical services said that as a start, resident doctors will be placed at centralised lockups round-the-clock and eventually it will be extended to smaller lockups, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) lockups as well as Immigration detention centres.

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Will EAIC recommendations make a difference?

Source: The Star

Prison bars general pix

Picture drawn from The Star

PUTRAJAYA: Tomorrow, another two reports investigating deaths in police custody will be released by the Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) but will the recommendations make any difference?

In April 2016, the EAIC made many recommendations involving the standard operating procedures (SOPs) of several government bodies following its public inquiry into the death of 32-year-old N. Dharmendran at the KL police headquarters lockup in 2013.

The public will know on Thursday (Jan 18) whether those recommendations were implemented or ignored.

Soh Kai Chiok, 49, died on Jan 18, 2017, at Triang police station in Bera District, Pahang, and S. Balamurugan, 44, on Feb 7 at North Klang District police headquarters, Selangor. Soh was reported to have stolen some bananas and Balamurugan was a robbery suspect.

Both these deaths occurred between nine and 10 months after the Dharmendran report was released.

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