Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by statement made by the Inspector-General of Police, Khalid Abu Bakar claiming that the Royal Malaysian Police would not abuse Maria Chin Abdullah and that he would personally see to that she is not mistreated in detention.
It is common knowledge that solitary confinement which Maria Chin is kept under is by its own merit a clear case of inhuman treatment if not torture. Even if the Royal Malaysian Police did not actively interrogate Maria or subject her other form of torture or violence, the absence of interrogation does not absolve the Royal Malaysian Police of the crime of torture.
SUARAM is also shocked by the admission by the Inspector-General of Police that such treatment is accorded to all Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 detainee as part of its standard operating procedures. The implication of such practice implies that the Royal Malaysian Police is actively and openly utilizing torture as part of its operations.
SUARAM would like to remind the Inspector-General of Police that use of torture is a recognized crime under International Law and the right to be free from torture is a non-derogable right. Furthermore, the detention conditions experienced by Maria clearly contravenes with United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (A/RES/70/175). There is no ground for the Inspector-General of Police to claim that the detention conditions experienced by Maria complies with international standards.
SUARAM reiterate our condemnation against the arrest and detention of Maria Chin Abdullah and calls for her immediate and unconditional release. Failure to do so would only serve to further sully the reputation and integrity of the Royal Malaysian Police.
Bebas Maria! Mansuh SOSMA!