Gay marriages or the future of human beings? — Surendra Ananth

Source: The Malay Mail Online

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This is my opinion

BY SURENDRA ANANTH

JUNE 30 — The most talked about topic at the moment is the decision of the US Supreme Court, which, perhaps with good reason, overshadowed other news.

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is reason to celebrate, but it would be great if the public would be equally passionate on other issues, such as, let’s say, the survival of human beings!

One news which deserves far greater recognition was the decision of the Dutch court in holding the state responsible for the dangers caused by climate change. Read more

Same-sex marriage in Malaysia? Advocates say even basic rights still in short supply

Source: The Malay Mail Online

US has joined a list of 20-odd countries that have legalised same-sex marriage. ― Malay Mail file pic

US has joined a list of 20-odd countries that have legalised same-sex marriage. ― Malay Mail file pic

KUALA LUMPUR, June 30 ― With the US last week joining a list of 20-odd countries that have legalised same-sex marriage, the locally taboo subject has again popped up in Malaysia.

But while the developments abroad has prompted discussions about Malaysia following suit, local activists said such talk was premature given the current state of human rights in the country, particularly that of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

“Can we even begin to talk about marriage equality when many LGBT in Malaysia are worried about losing their jobs because of who they are, they are worried of being kicked out of their families, they are worried of being bullied at schools because of who they are?” human rights activist Pang Khee Teik said.

“We don’t even have basic rights. We don’t even get the chance to have public conversations about it without being shut down,” the founder of sexuality rights festival Seksualiti Merdeka told Malay Mail Online, also saying that human rights activists need to fight for an equality that is bigger than just marriage. Read more

The harsh realities of rebuilding livelihoods in the aftermath of the 2014 floods in Malaysia

The true impact of the December 2014 floods on Malaysians remains visible and distressing.  It is heartbreaking to see that after having their lives completely disrupted by disaster, and in some cases, even ruined, the flood victims continue to endure harsh realities post disaster – the hardships faced as they attempt to rebuild their lives with whatever possessions or opportunities remaining within their grasps.

Their stories serve as a reminder that the responsibilities of government in respect of disaster management are not limited to merely ensuring the safety of the people during the disaster but also extends to the post-event duties of rehabilitation, reconstruction, among other things, and assisting victims in rebuilding their lives and livelihoods, in line with Article 25(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights —

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Following are a handful of such stories, told from the perspectives of the 2014 flood victims:-

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Supreme Court strikes a blow to death-penalty opponents

Source: Business Insider Malaysia

death_penalty_a_simple_recipe___alexandre_aprilJune 29, 2015 — The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled against three prisoners who had brought a case arguing that a controversial lethal injection drug violates the Constitution.

Those prisoners argued that the lethal injection drug midazolam violated the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution, which prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.

On Monday, the court ruled that the three inmates failed to show that they would likely be able to prove their claims that the drug violates the Eighth Amendment — a necessary requirement to get a preliminary injunction to get the government to stop using the drug.

Justice Samuel Alito wrote the 5-4 opinion and was joined by the court’s conservative justices in upholding an appeals court decision which found the inmates had failed to show that the drug was ineffective. Read more