Civil society demands that the government stops harassing and stigmatising NGOs ― Hakam & civil society NGOs

Source: The Malay Mail Online

>> The Memorandum

DECEMBER 15 ― 1. We, members of Civil society (represented by the organisations listed below) are greatly concerned by the recent developments pertaining to the arrest of Puan Maria Chin Abdullah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, the summoning of activists from Suaram, Lawyers for Liberty and Empower for investigations, the police raid and seizure of the offices of Bersih and Empower and the numerous news reports making allegations against various organisations in respect of the foreign funding, including the Malaysian Bar Council.

2. We are also perturbed by news reports of the Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announcing the formation of a task force to probe into NGO funding and accusing them of enticing revolutions to topple the present government and news reports of Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan’s reply to the numerous concerns regarding local human rights issues raised by Maina Kiai the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his recent visit to Malaysia. Read more

MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil Menuntut supaya Kerajaan Menghentikan Gangguan dan Stigma terhadap NGO (Badan Bukan Kerajaan)

>>Versi Inggeris

Yang Berhormat Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuanpdf
Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri
bertanggungjawab terhadap Tadbir Urus, Integriti dan Hak Asasi Manusia.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Timbalan Menteri
Kementerian Dalam Negeri.

Serta kepada:
Yang Berhormat Ahli-ahli Kabinet

15 Disember 2016

 

MEMORANDUM: Masyarakat Sivil Menuntut supaya Kerajaan Menghentikan Gangguan dan Stigma terhadap NGO (Badan Bukan Kerajaan)

  1. Kami, ahli-ahli Masyarakat Sivil (diwakili oleh organisasi-organisasi yang dilampirkan di bawah) amat mengambil berat terhadap perkembangan terkini berkenaan tangkapan dan tahanan Puan Maria Chin Abdullah di bawah Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-Langkah Khas) 2012 baru-baru ini, panggilan aktivis SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty dan EMPOWER untuk siasatan polis, serbuan dan penyitaan pejabat BERSIH dan EMPOWER, serta pelbagai laporan media berkenaan dakwaan negatif dana asing terhadap pelbagai organisasi, termasuklah Majlis Peguam Malaysia.
  1. Kami turut mengambil berat terhadap pengumuman Menteri Dalam Negeri Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang satu pasukan tindak khas (task force) telah ditubuhkan untuk menyiasat dana-dana NGO dan dakwaan bahawa NGO menyemarakkan revolusi untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan serta jawapan Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Nur Jazlan terhadap isu-isu hak-hak asasi tempatan yang dikemukakan oleh Encik Maina Kiai, Perwakilan Khas Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) bagi Kebebasan Berkesatuan dan Perhimpunan Aman, semasa lawatannya ke Malaysia baru-baru ini. Pengumuman dan jawapan menteri-menteri tersebut telah dilaporkan didalam media tempatan.

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MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands that the Government stops harassing and stigmatizing NGOs

The following Memorandum was initiated by HAKAM and endorsed by 43 other NGOs. It was handed to Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights and Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs on the roundtable organized by IDEAS on “Ensuring the accountability and integrity in CSO funding” on 15 Dec 2016.

>>Versi Bahasa Malaysia

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Yang Berhormat Senator Datuk Paul Low Seng Kuan
The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department
in charge of Governance, Integrity and Human Rights.

Yang Berhormat Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.

Also to:
Yang Berhormat Members of Cabinet

15 December 2016

 

MEMORANDUM: Civil Society demands that the Government stops harassing and stigmatizing NGOs

  1. We, members of Civil Society (represented by the organisations listed below) are greatly concerned by the recent developments pertaining to the arrest of Puan Maria Chin Abdullah under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, the summoning of activists from SUARAM, Lawyers for Liberty and EMPOWER for investigations, the police raid and seizure of the offices of BERSIH and EMPOWER and the numerous news reports making allegations against various organisations in respect of the foreign funding, including the Malaysian Bar Council.
  1. We are also perturbed by news reports of the Home Minister Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi announcing the formation of a task force to probe into NGO funding and accusing them of enticing revolutions to topple the present government and news reports of Deputy Home Minister Datuk Nur Jazlan’s reply to the numerous concerns regarding local human rights issues raised by Mr Maina Kiai the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association in his recent visit to Malaysia.

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Set up regional criminal court — Dr Muzaffar Syah Mallow

Source: NST Online

W ITH regard to the inhuman treatment, barbaric persecution and alleged ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya community in Myanmar, it is time for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) to strongly consider creating or establishing a criminal court at the regional level to protect the interests of its 650 million people and to guarantee their human rights.

Having such a court at the Asean level is crucial as it can be a legislative body to monitor the conduct of all 10 member states. It should also be allowed to carry out criminal prosecution on governments or individuals that breach international human rights’ conventions and norms against their own people or those in the region.

The functions and powers of such a court can follow the model adopted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, the Netherlands. ICC has the jurisdiction to prosecute individuals for international crimes of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Read more

Perkasa tells IDEAS more children won’t result in poverty

Source: FMT News

Slamming the think tank's Azrul Mohd Khalib, Perkasa says his statements on Terengganu's money-for-births plan is not backed by evidence.

Slamming the think tank’s Azrul Mohd Khalib, Perkasa says his statements on Terengganu’s money-for-births plan is not backed by evidence.

PETALING JAYA: Perkasa has slammed Azrul Mohd Khalib, of the Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), for criticising the Terengganu government’s cash incentive programme to encourage more childbirths in the state.

In a statement, the Malay rights group’s Islamic affairs chairman Amini Amir Abdullah said Azrul’s take on the matter was not supported by “evidence, data and statistics”.

Perkasa, Amini added, also believed Azrul, who is the institute’s external relations manager, was making wild assumptions.

These included Azrul’s statement that Malaysians should learn from the “bitter lessons” of other countries where unplanned pregnancies and policies, which encouraged having children beyond one’s means, have had detrimental effects. Read more