Isteri harap polis maklum perkembangan kes Pastor Koh

Sumber: FMT News

Susanna Liew berkata, beliau hanya tahu mengenai penahanan 4 suspek dalam kes suaminya melalui laporan media. Gambar dipetik dari FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Susanna Liew berharap polis akan menghubunginya untuk mengadakan pertemuan dan memaklumkan perkembangan terkini berhubung kehilangan suaminya, Pastor Raymond Koh lebih 4 bulan lalu.

Liew dalam kenyataan hari ini berkata, beliau hanya tahu mengenai penahanan 4 suspek dalam kes suaminya melalui laporan media.

“Seperti pengumuman sebelumnya yang dibuat IGP (ketua polis negara) kepada media mengenai penculikan suami saya pada 6 April dan 2 Mei, saya tidak dimaklumkan mengenai sebarang perkembangan, petunjuk atau tangkapan polis.

“Seperti rakyat Malaysia lain, semua yang saya tahu adalah apa yang saya baca dalam media,” katanya yang berharap polis akan memberi penjelasan penuh berhubung pengumuman pada 6 April dan 24 Mei lalu.

Semalam, Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar dilaporkan berkata, pihaknya kini mempunyai lebih banyak petunjuk berkaitan kehilangan Koh ekoran operasi berkaitan dadah pada awal minggu lalu. Read more

Activist’s wife grateful Suhakam is probing his disappearance

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Norhayati Mohd Ariffin says she is disappointed with the way the authorities are handling her husband’s case. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Norhayati Mohd Ariffin is grateful that the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is now probing the disappearance of her activist husband, Amri Che Mat.

“My family, friends and I want to thank Suhakam, especially its (chairman) Razali Ismail, for their concern, and their sense of responsibility to uphold the human rights that should have been accorded to my husband and the three others,” she said in a statement today.

Norhayati was referring to the three other activists who have also gone missing since late last year.

The trio were Pastor Raymond Koh, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife, Ruth Hilmi.

Norhayati said she was disappointed with the way the authorities had handled her husband’s mysterious disappearance. Read more

IGP: Cops probing group for linking authorities in cases of missing activists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 ― Police are investigating a group for alleging that the authorities are involved in several cases of missing activists, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today.

Khalid said the matter is being investigated under Section 504 (b) of the Penal Code, which deals with the intentional insult with intent to provoke a breach of the peace.

“This is a serious allegation and we will not allow them to take this opportunity to make baseless accusations.

“If you have evidence, bring it to us and we will take action. Don’t try to ‘spin’ the situation by making it seem as though the authorities are involved,” he said to reporters during a press conference held at the Federal police headquarters today. Read more

Human rights group calls for investigation into abductions

Source: The Star Online

PETALING JAYA: The International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) has urged Malaysian authorities to conduct swift and impartial investigations into two cases of disappearances.

FIDH made the call after submitting the cases of missing persons Pastor Raymond Koh and social activist Amri Che Mat to the United Nations Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID).

WGEID receives and reviews cases of enforced disappearance and transmits them to governments concerned to request that an investigation be carried out.

Between 1980 and 2016, WGEID received only reports of disappearances in Malaysia. Neither case is still open.

“It is extremely troubling that the spectre of enforced disappearance has reared its ugly head in Malaysia,” said FIDH president Dimitris Christopoulos in a statement on Tuesday.

“Malaysian authorities must immediately investigate the disappearance of Amri Che Mat and Raymond Koh in order to determine their whereabouts and safely return them to their families,” he said. Read more

Suhakam launches independent probe into four missing activists

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail says the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four activists in investigating and locating them. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail says the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four activists in investigating and locating them. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 21 ― The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will carry out its own investigation into the disappearance of three pastors and a social activist who have all been missing for months.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said the rights watchdog has been urged to assist the families of the missing four in investigating and locating them, as well as to serve as a “channel of communication” between the families, the police and government.

“Suhakam joins in the concern of all parties and will conduct an independent investigation into the matter in line with its statutory mandate,” he said in a statement today.

Suhakam’s statement come after it received a memorandum from local human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) and other groups on behalf of the families of the missing four.

Today, Suhakam stressed that everyone has the right to not be arbitirarily deprived of their life; the right to be protected against torture, and other cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment; the right to liberty and security; and the right to respect for family life. Read more

IGP: Only Pastor Koh abducted, the rest just missing

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

Solidarity vigil by civil societies over four missing persons in the last four months in Dataran Merdeka, Kuala Lumpur, April 8, 2017. ― Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, April 12 — Bukit Aman has warned several parties including the Bar Council from allegedly confusing the public over a recent spate of missing activist, especially over social media.

Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said from the five cases claimed to be abductions, only Pastor Raymond Koh’s case is confirmed as one, while three other cases are classified as missing people, and Peter Chong had in fact fled the country.

“I see that it has been made viral, all these people have been kidnapped. I want to warn those who want to confuse, this is not true.

“These five people have not been kidnapped. We have proof only one person has been abducted, that is Pastor Koh,” he told reporters during a press conference at Bukit Aman today. Read more

Nur Jazlan rejects talk of state role in abductions

Source: FMT News

He says police are investigating and the public shouldn't listen to rumours. Pic from FMT News.

He says police are investigating and the public shouldn’t listen to rumours. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed has rejected a suggestion that political interests may be behind the abduction of church leader Raymond Koh and the disappearance of another pastor and his wife, a welfare activist and a former aide to Subang MP R Sivarasa.

“The public shouldn’t entertain rumours,” Nur Jazlan told FMT when asked to comment on such a suggestion by Bersih 2.0 steering committee member Thomas Fann.

Speaking at a solidarity gathering for the missing four last Saturday, Fann said: “Since the release of the CCTV footage of Pastor Raymond’s abduction, many Malaysians have come to the conclusion that this looks like a state-sponsored group.”

He was referring to social media chatter and street rumours. A point raised in the rumours is that all of the missing persons, except former Sivarasa aide Peter Chong, are associated with religious activities that Malaysian authorities may not approve of. Read more

HAKAM Statement: HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

pdfSTATEMENT DATED 10 April 2017

HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

Hakam is deeply concerned to hear that Peter Chong, an activist, has been missing since Friday the 7th of April 2017.

This is the latest in a series of such incidents where the abduction and disappearance, in some circumstances, indicate the use of extra legal means by highly trained individuals.  This has caused disquiet in the country over the last several months, as such incidents are unheard of in Malaysia.

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HAKAM Statement: HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

STATEMENT DATED 10 April 2017

HAKAM Demands Action in Response to Recent Forced Disappearances

Hakam is deeply concerned to hear that Peter Chong, an activist, has been missing since Friday the 7th of April 2017.

This is the latest in a series of such incidents where the abduction and disappearance, in some circumstances, indicate the use of extra legal means by highly trained individuals. This has caused disquiet in the country over the last several months, as such incidents are unheard of in Malaysia.

In international human rights law, such abductions are called “forced disappearances” which are defined as secret abductions with the tacit support of the state or other organisation. This is followed by a refusal to acknowledge the person’s fate and whereabouts thus putting the person outside the protection of the law. Such heinous acts are a breach of international human rights laws and undermine the rule of law. Malaysia, who has twice had membership on the Human Rights Council and is now vying for another term, ought to view these disappearances very seriously.

Much as we support the efforts of the police in investigating these disappearances, much must be done (and seen to be done). We do not wish to see our country descend into a lawless state where such disappearances become part and parcel of our way of life. We sincerely hope the police will use their utmost efforts so that that all abductees will be returned as soon as possible to their families. We also urge Suhakam to act urgently to address this mater directly with the police and the Minister of Home Affairs.

Issued on behalf of the HAKAM Executive Committee

Ambiga Sreenevasan
President
HAKAM