CRC Talks: The Child in the Malaysian Criminal Justice System

The Bar Council Child Rights Committee (“CRC”) is proud to announce the launch of the “CRC Talks” series. In these talks/workshops, we aim to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and educate on various issues that affect child rights in Malaysia.

CRC Talks are open to Members of the Bar as well as the public.

More than 20 years have passed since Malaysia acceded to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (“Convention”).  However, in the criminal justice system, it is often the case that the voice of the child in conflict with the law is lost in the cacophony of adult voices. Hence, although Malaysia has taken steps to comply with aspects of the Convention, there are gaps between Malaysia’s obligations under the Convention and the actual workings of the criminal justice system, as far as the child in conflict with the law is concerned.

This is not surprising, considering the fact that while there are general expressions of the Convention, States Parties have a level of discretion to decide on the exact nature and content of the domestic measures for dealing with children in conflict with the law. Further, given Malaysia’s reservations to a number of the Convention’s provisions, and the existing punitive culture, a child rights-based approach in the criminal justice system merits analysis.

This workshop will explore the development of theoretical foundations and, where appropriate, will involve participant-driven activity. This unique workshop aims to provide participants with an understanding of:

(1) the underlying philosophical and theoretical approaches in dealing with the rights of children in conflict with the law;
(2) the issues and challenges in implementing the Convention in Malaysia;
(3) the global trends and issues involving children in conflict with the law; and
(4) the approaches and challenges in interviewing children.
About the Speaker
Paul Linus Andrews is the Head of the Centre for Commercial Law and Justice, Sunway University. His areas of interest are fundamental liberties and the criminal justice system, with a particular emphasis on the impact of the criminal justice system on children in Malaysia. His publications include Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on
Administrative Law (2002), Equity and Trusts in Malaysia (Sweet and Maxwell, 2005) and Law for Business (Sweet and Maxwell, 2014). Paul is an EXCO member of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (Selangor); a member of the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee; and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, United Kingdom. Paul is presently working towards the completion of a PhD degree in law at Lancaster University, United Kingdom. His
area of focus is the rights of the child in conflict with the law and diversion.
Please direct all correspondence (including completed registration forms and proof of payment) and enquiries to:
Florence Laway
(03-2050 2104; florence@malaysianbar.org.my)
Najwa Hamid
(03-2050 2102; najwa@malaysianbar.org.my)
Anusha Gopala Krishnan
(03-2050 2097; anusha@malaysianbar.org.my)
Fax: 03-2032 2043

Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia-Pacific Conference

The Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network (ADPAN) in cooperation with Ensemble contre la peine de mort (ECPM)/Together Against Death Penalty are organising the Malaysia National Conference and Training Workshop on the “Abolition of the Death Penalty in Malaysia and in Asia-Pacific” on 21 to 22 of July 2017 at Auditorium of the KL and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The two-day conference, , which will include participants coming from countries across Asia-Pacific, will be a great opportunity of learning, exchanging views, experiences and best practices with regard the campaign for the abolition of the death penalty.

The Conference will be looking also be looking topics like ‘poverty, crime and the death penalty’, detention conditions, death penalty and the impact on children (CRC) and family, death penalty and mental health, death penalty and migrants/foreigners, ‘secret’ executions, and other matters related. We will also be looking at how effectively we could use the UPR and other UN mechanisms. Lastly, there will also be short training on fact-finding missions.

Space is limited, attendance is by pre-registration by emailing to easytocall@gmail.com,  contactadpan@gmail.com and/or kristina.adpan@gmail.com.

Alternatively you may register by clicking here.

Can Media and Law Co-Exist?

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In conjunction with World Press Freedom Day on 3 May 2017, the Bar Council Continuing Professional Development and Malaysiakini are collaborating to organise this event to provide a platform for the fourth estate — comprising the press and citizen journalists and, by extension, people who generate everyday content for the public — to understand how Malaysian law regulates a key right enshrined in the Federal Constitution, ie the freedom of expression. The speakers for this event are representatives from both the legal community and media industry, who will examine and analyse how the exercise of the freedom of expression can be challenged, and how to safeguard this right in times of heightened political, religious and racial contestations.

Social Movements Workshop

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Date: 22 April 2017
Time: 2pm-5pm
Venue: KLSCAH, Ground Floor Meeting Room
Co-Organizers: Democracy Academy of Malaysia and Civil Rights Committee of KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall

Medium of Instruction : English

Synopsis:

Social movements create change. The emergence and impact of social movements have been widely debated from a variety of perspectives especially in the Western world. Nevertheless, there is a surprising vacuum on such discourse in Malaysia. The growing importance of social movements signifies it is necessary to establish specific processes and mechanisms in order to capture the complex relations between movements and the state. The rise of movements in the country calling for the opening of democratic space highlights the significance of social movements discourse. Malaysia’s political climate in its own peculiar context serves as an interesting arena for such discourse.

This workshop attempts to bridge this divide by introducing participants to basic concepts and theories of social movements. It will then explore the conditions and processes shaping social and political mobilization. The workshop will also expose the participants on the impact and challenges of social movements by using the case study of the Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections (Bersih). The workshop will be conducted in English.

Biodata:

Khoo Ying Hooi (PhD) is Senior Lecturer at the Department of International and Strategic Studies, University of Malaya. She completed her PhD in Politics and Government examining social movements and democratization with a focus on the Bersih movement, and she is the convener of the course on social movements and democratization. Ying Hooi is the author of “Seeds of Dissent”(2015), a compilation of her commentaries on academic freedom, human rights, protests and political change in Malaysia. She also edited Volume I and II of Ini Bukan Klise (2013 and 2015), a compilation of essays on political issues in Malaysia.

Free Admission. Any queries please contact akademidemokrasi@gmail.com

Unsung Heroines: Handicraft workshops

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The handicraft workshops led by Burmese refugees artisans from Tanma offer to the visitors the opportunity to discover the skills they use and to try their hand at crafting.

The handicrafts are on sale for charity.

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Unsung heroines is a charity event, built on talks, concerts, art exhibition and handicraft workshops.
Unsung heroines is a cross cultural platform to shed light on women’s achievement in Malaysia.

The Case Maker for NGO’s

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The Case Maker™ workshop eases that struggle and transforms these managers and experts into competent presenters. Designed in 2003, our internationally-recognised workshop has since been delivered to managers in major financial centres like Wall Street, London, Frankfurt, Shanghai and Singapore.

  • Learn how to present new ideas and information using tight, logical, and convincing arguments
  • Use a 6-step approach to create strong persuasive or informative business presentations.
  • Craft presentations with the help of a digital tool.
  • Frame topics using specific tools.

Read more

Report on “Build and Develop Effective Engaging Content” Workshop — Alaleh Eghbali

BY ALALEH EGHBALI
(All photos courtesy of HAKAM)

Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy Through Effective Engaging Communication

NGOs and CSOs in the new world are continuously trying to engage audiences and spread their message across the public. It may seem that it is getting harder to reach people and get them involved in civil society missions, but it should be noted means of communication have changed; Social Media has changed the game. It has now become the main source of accessing and spreading news and content.

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A large number of NGOs and CSOs in Malaysia still rely on the usual traditional methods of advocacy through press statements and forums. These medium have limited capacity to reach, and a limited opportunity of debate and discussions with audiences. In light of these circumstances, HAKAM has embarked on a social media training journey since 2016, with the first workshop “Leverage on Social Media for Impactful Social Change”.  The success of the first workshop, and the positive feedback from the participants, lead to the organization of a second workshop in March 2017.

In the second workshop, facilitated by cilisos.my‘s Lau Chak Onn, members of NGOs and activist gathered to sharpen their skills of content development for social media, and learn how to send their message in the most interesting, informative, and concise way possible.  Read more

HAKAM Workshop: Build and Develop Effective and Engaging Digital Content

A FREE workshop for civil society organisations and individuals advocating for human rights. Admission is by Pre-Registration, by email to info[at]hakam.org.my. Register early as seats are limited.

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The internet is a power medium civil society can use to create narratives that matter and shape conversations that will influence opinions. We have the opportunity to engage with 10 million Malaysians, a majority of whom are heavy users of social media.

But do we have the type and style of content that people want to read and share? How do we create and build our own content?

Come to this workshop! HAKAM is also learning and needing to pick up better skills to create and develop our online content. We wish to share this workshop with civil society organisations and individuals working on human rights. How do you make human rights matter through online engagement Read more

HAKAM Workshop: Build and Develop Effective and Engaging Digital Content

A FREE workshop for civil society organisations and individuals advocating for human rights. Admission is by Pre-Registration, by email to info[at]hakam.org.my. Register early as seats are limited.

HAKAM Workshop 2532017
The internet is a power medium civil society can use to create narratives that matter and shape conversations that will influence opinions. We have the opportunity to engage with 10 million Malaysians, a majority of whom are heavy users of social media.

But do we have the type and style of content that people want to read and share? How do we create and build our own content?

Come to this workshop! HAKAM is also learning and needing to pick up better skills to create and develop our online content. We wish to share this workshop with civil society organisations and individuals working on human rights. How do you make human rights matter through online engagement Read more