Activists: US report on Orang Asli land rights too shallow

Source: FMT News

Siti Kasim says Washington’s annual human rights report is an outdated view of Orang Asli land rights issue, adding that the report bases its argument on a simplistic interpretation of the statute law. Pic from FMT News.

Siti Kasim says Washington’s annual human rights report is an outdated view of Orang Asli land rights issue, adding that the report bases its argument on a simplistic interpretation of the statute law. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Washington’s annual human rights report does not adequately address issues surrounding Orang Asli rights in the country, several Orang Asli activists have said.

Activist-cum-lawyer Siti Kasim pointed out that the US State Department’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 was too shallow as it merely interpreted the Orang Asli land rights issue in a “simplistic manner”.

“It’s partially correct if one were to solely focus on written law. But it’s an outdated view on Orang Asli land rights, based on a simplistic interpretation of the statute law,” she told FMT when contacted. Read more

Malaysia: 28,741 rape cases in last nine years!

Source: The Independent Singapore 

Pic from media.salon.com

Pic from media.salon.com

The recently released country report on Human Rights by the United States revealed that Malaysia saw a massive 28, 741 rape cases between 2005 and 2014.

These figures, the report said were according to women’s groups, indicates on average 10 women in the country were raped each day and more than half of these women were younger than 16 years.

This was covered under the Section 6, dealing with ‘Discrimination, Societal Abuses, and Trafficking in Persons and Women.

According to the latest statistics from the Ministry of Home Affairs, only 16 percent (4,514 cases) of the rape cases were taken to court and 2.7 percent (765 cases) with guilty verdicts. Read more

Report lambasts controls on speech and press

Source: FMT News

The US Department of State says Putrajaya regularly enforces restrictions on freedom of expression. Pic from FMT News.

The US Department of State says Putrajaya regularly enforces restrictions on freedom of expression. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A newly released human rights report has taken the Malaysian government to task for restricting freedom of the press and speech.

According to the US Department of State’s Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016, the government “regularly enforced restrictions on freedom of expression by media”, citing the need to uphold Islam, national security, public order and friendly relations with other countries.

The report, released by the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, said the law prohibiting sedition appeared to be used primarily on civil society or opposition leaders who claimed the government failed to investigate statements made by pro-government parties that violated the Sedition Act.

It noted that most print and broadcast media entities were either owned or controlled by political parties and individuals linked to the ruling coalition, and that independent online media outlets were often the target of legal action and harassment. Read more