PRESS STATEMENT- BERSIH 2.0 IS READY TO MEET WITH THE EC

Dated 6 June 2017

Bersih 2.0 takes note of EC’s comment that the old boundaries may be used in the coming elections. However, may we remind EC that there are also issues of malapportionment and gerrymandering in the old/present boundaries which resulted in unfair advantages for certain political parties in the last elections.  Genuine and fair political representation in our election system is long overdue and the EC should instead use this opportunity to correct the boundaries, using a clean and accurate electoral roll.

The EC Chairperson has used the ongoing court cases as an excuse to not meet BERSIH2.0. The court cases are manifestation of the misdemeanor carried out by the EC and they, unfortunately, can only be fixed through court actions. The court cases cannot and must not be an excuse to not meet. Read more

Poca, Sosma detention rose considerably in 2016, Suaram report shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

According to Suaram’s statistical breakdown, 102 people were detained for terrorism offences under Sosma, 39 for human trafficking and immigration offences, while other cases totaled 45. Pic from AFP.

KUALA LUMPUR, June 6 — There has been a considerable increase in the number of detentions under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) as well as the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 last year, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) said in its 2016 Human Rights Report released today.

In the report, Suaram said 189 cases Sosma detentions were recorded by the NGO last year, as compared to less than 50 cases in 2015.

According to the report, 278 arrests were also made under Poca.

According to Suaram’s statistical breakdown, 102 people were detained for terrorism offences under Sosma, 39 for human trafficking and immigration offences, while other cases totaled 45. Read more