Women’s council should be led by women, says Marina

Source: FMT News 

PETALING JAYA: Prominent activist Marina Mahathir has slammed the appointment of two men including the prime minister to helm Putrajaya women’s empowerment council, saying it reflects a narrow “patriarchal belief” that only men can lead.

Speaking to FMT, Marina said it should be obvious to anyone that a council for women, if it sincerely wants to help them, should be led by them.

“Men appointing themselves as heads of a women’s council is another example of the sheer tone-deafness of male privilege. It underscores the patriarchal belief that only men can lead,” she said.

She was responding to the recent appointment of Najib Razak and advertising mogul Lim Kok Wing to chair national women’s empowerment council, Women’s Innovation Academy, better known as myWIN. Read more

Two Bersih leaders, PKR MP freed from 2015 #KitaLawan rally charge

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28 — The Magistrate’s Court discharged today polls reform group Bersih 2.0 chief Maria Chin Abdullah and two others from an 2015 criminal case over a #KitaLawan rally, but issued an arrest warrant for the fourth person charged.

Lawyer Vince Tan, who represented Bersih 2.0 secretariat manager Mandeep Singh — one of the three people freed — said today was initially set for trial for the two-year-old case.

Tan said the defence team for the accused were ready for the trial, but the original deputy public prosecutor’s absence led to the discharge of three of the four accused present in court — Maria, Mandeep and PKR’s Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tzin.

Another deputy public prosecutor had attended court proceedings today for a mention of the case on behalf of the initial deputy public prosecutor, he said.

“The court gave discharge not amounting to acquittal to all accused because the prosecution was not there. So the magistrate decided the matter, three of the accused given discharge not amounting to acquittal,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted. Read more

Non-interference must give way to human rights — Centhra

Source: The Malay Mail Online

AUGUST 28 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) is deeply concerned over the renewed violence affecting the Rohingya Muslim community in Rakhine state in Myanmar which has caused hundreds of innocent lives killed and thousands other to flee to the border with neighbouring Bangladesh, whose border guards are turning them back in breach of international humanitarian principles.

While Asean members continue, disappointingly, to turn a blind eye, even the Pope, Francis I, has condemned the renewed violence and called for an end to the persecution of Rohingya Muslims, which Centhra welcomes.

It must be emphasised that the current crisis in Rakhine state in Myanmar has the potential of unravelling the entire Asean project unless member states deal with it wisely. To this end, two international treaties binding the Asean community as a whole, namely the Asean Charter and the Asean Human Rights Declaration (AHRD). Read more