ARROW and APRCEM call for applications to Pre-APFSD Youth Forum on 23-25 March, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand

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ARROW and Youth Constituency of Asia Pacific Regional CSO Engagement Mechanism (APRCEM) are jointly organising Pre-APFSD Youth Forum titled, “Young People in the SDGs: Sustainable Solutions to Eradicate Poverty and Promote Prosperity” on 23-25 March, 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand. Read more

Don’t deny rights of man on death row, lawyers tell Singapore

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PETALING JAYA: The lawyers of death row prisoner Prabagaran Srivijayan are calling for Singapore to allow them access to their client after the country’s prison authorities rejected their application to meet with him.

Lawyers, N Surendran and Latheefa Koya, slam authorities for denying them access to client to discuss judicial review filed in KL High Court. Pic from FMT News.

Lawyers, N Surendran and Latheefa Koya, slam authorities for denying them access to client to discuss judicial review filed in KL High Court. Pic from FMT News.

Prabagaran, 29, is on Singapore’s death row after being found guilty of drug trafficking.

His lawyers, N Surendran and Latheefa Koya, said the Singapore Prison Services had on Feb 13 rejected their application seeking access to Prabagaran.

In a press statement released today, Surendran and Latheefa said they were entitled to meet and consult with Prabagaran as they were acting for him in legal matters.

They referred to a judicial review application filed on Jan 16, adding that it was imperative that they consulted Prabagaran over the proceedings.

Prabagaran had filed leave application for judicial review in the KL High Court, in an effort to compel Putrajaya to start legal proceedings against Singapore before an international tribunal for denying him a fair trial.

“The right to have access to and consult with lawyers is a basic right recognised under both Singapore and Malaysian law,” Surendran and Latheefa said today. Read more

PAS denies calling those who oppose Hadi’s bill infidels

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Islamist party's information chief says such a claim is wrong and due to misunderstanding on the part of the Perlis mufti. Pic from FMT News.

Islamist party’s information chief says such a claim is wrong and due to misunderstanding on the part of the Perlis mufti. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Barely 24 hours before PAS holds a rally in support of widening the shariah courts’ power, the Islamist party has denied labelling those against the initiative as “infidels”.

“We have never labelled those who opposed (amendment to) Act 355 as infidels. It is a misunderstanding on Dr Asri’s part,” the party’s Dewan Ulama information chief Mohd Khairuddin Aman Razali told FMT, referring to Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin, more popularly known as Maza.

Khairuddin was responding to a Facebook post by Asri who claimed those who disagreed with amending the act would be categorised as infidels, enemies of Islam and those who despised God’s laws.

Khairuddin also revealed that he had discussed the bill with Asri and claimed that the outspoken mufti was not against amending the act.

He said Asri had no issue with handing out 100 strokes of the rotan but did not agree with the proposal to increase the jail term to 30 years and impose a fine of RM100,000. Read more

Khalwat arrest of married couple shows JAWI spares no one, lawyer says

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Screen capture of lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff (right) explains why his clients are suing JAWI over a wrongful khalwat raid and arrest as well as privacy breach, from video for the MMO.

Screen capture of lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff (right) explains why his clients are suing JAWI over a wrongful khalwat raid and arrest as well as privacy breach, from video for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 17 — The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department’s (JAWI) forceful and humiliating arrest of a married couple for the Islamic offence of khalwat or close proximity could befall anyone, their lawyer Yusfarizal Yussoff said today.

He added that the Muslim husband-and-wife were pursuing justice against their wrongful detention through the courts to prevent a repeat of the Islamic authority’s power abuse, especially after they showed proof of their marriage.

The lawyer explained that his clients, Mohd Ridhuan Giman and Siti Sarah Maulad Abdullah were without their marriage certificate when they were caught in their budget hotel room by JAWI enforcers during a raid last month but presented it later the same day. Read more

Hadi’s bill: Maximum sentence open to abuse, says ex-judge

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Civil society, politicians deserve an explanation, especially with existing punishments meted out by shariah courts considered high, says Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. Pic form FMT News.

Civil society, politicians deserve an explanation, especially with existing punishments meted out by shariah courts considered high, says Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof. Pic from FMT News.

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang’s amended motion to enhance Shariah punishments is constitutional but the request for maximum penalty is too harsh, says a retired judge.

Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof said there was no justification in the Marang MP’s proposal in his Private Member’s Bill, to mete out sentences of up to 30 years’ jail, RM100,000 fine, and 100 strokes of light caning.

“I suggest civil society and politicians ask the promoters of the motion to justify why there must be maximum punishment,” the retired Court of Appeal judge said.

He added that the current maximum RM5,000 fine was already considered high when meted out by a shariah court.

Ariff said this when delivering a public lecture titled “Amendments to Shariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 – Constitutional and Practical” at the Universiti Malaya Law Faculty yesterday. Read more

Child sex abuse: Why justice is not served

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Madeleine Yong — Pic taken from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Child victims of sexual abuse often find it difficult to get justice because the legal process is too burdensome, says an organisation combating sexual abuse against children.

Madeleine Yong, founder of Protect and Save the Children, said the law required too much evidence to be presented before a suspect could be prosecuted.

“You need forensic evidence, which is already hard to get, and then you need corroborative evidence too,” she said. “Those are the two things the authorities look for, and it’s often impossible to get both.

“We’ve had so many cases with forensic evidence, and yet they didn’t manage to go through.”

Yong was speaking after a screening of a documentary on paedophilia at PJ Live Arts in Jaya One. Read more