‘Allow MPs to visit prisoners, do spot checks’

Source: FMT News

Too many prisoners are dying, and these are avoidable deaths, says DAP MP M Kulasegaran. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: A DAP lawmaker has asked the government to reinstate the prison law that had allowed MPs to visit prisoners to check on their welfare and health conditions.

M Kulasegaran said aside from politicians, human rights NGOs and other relevant authorities should also be given the right to carry out spot checks in prisons.

This comes after the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) revealed that prisoners’ access to healthcare was lacking.

According to Kulasegaran, MPs had always been allowed to visit prisoners, so as to check on their welfare and health condition.

However, in 1995, the Barisan Nasional-led government amended the law to stop such visits by lawmakers. Read more

Suhakam: Give mothers in prison proper healthcare, child support

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The human rights commission says necessary prenatal as well as postpartum care and treatment must be provided for female prisoners. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants pregnant and breastfeeding prisoners to be given the same level of healthcare provided to women outside prison.

In its 2017 nationwide survey and report on the right to health in prison, the commission revealed that prisoners who are expecting as well as those have delivered do not receive necessary prenatal and postpartum care and treatment.

Suhakam also found that prisons are not medically equipped to safely provide birth services. Instead, they usually transport pregnant women to the nearest general hospital.

“Pregnant prisoners should (also) have access to female medical practitioners if requested,” it said. Read more

Suhakam: Tackle ‘serious’ overcrowding in prisons

Source: FMT News

Human rights commission says authorities show little interest in human rights of detainees, sometimes treating them as if they have lost all human rights because they’re detainees. Pic from FMT News.

Human rights commission says authorities show little interest in human rights of detainees, sometimes treating them as if they have lost all human rights because they’re detainees. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) says the government’s budgetary priorities cast doubt on its interest in upholding the rights of detainees.

In its 2016 annual report, the commission said there appeared to be “little interest in the human rights of detainees”, who were sometimes regarded as “having lost all of their human rights by virtue of their detention”.

It highlighted the “serious humanitarian issue” of overcrowding in detention centres, saying that the increase in the number of detainees was not accompanied by a similar growth in necessary resources such as the budget. Read more

Serangan dalam penjara, kerajaan dan 8 yang lain disaman

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Seorang pemandu berusia 36 tahun mendakwa saraf tunjangnya rosak selepas diserang dalam penjara Sungai Buloh dan lewat diberi bantuan oleh warden bertugas.

KUALA LUMPUR: Seorang lelaki menyaman kerajaan dan 8 yang lain atas tuduhan cuai sehingga membawa kepada serangan terhadapnya ketika berada dalam tahanan di penjara Sungai Buloh.

Shashitheran Valan, 36, mendakwa akibat serangan yang berlaku di dalam sel penjara itu, saraf tunjangnya dan fungsi air kencingnya rosak.

Beliau menyaman kerajaan, 5 warden penjara, pengarah penjara Sungai Buloh, pesuruhjaya Jabatan Penjara dan menteri dalam negeri, mendakwa mereka cuai dan gagal dalam tugas untuk memastikan keselamatan dan kebajikannya ketika dalam tahanan.

Tuntutan saman itu difailkan hari ini di pejabat pendaftar Mahkamah Tinggi.

Shashitheran, yang sebelum ini bekerja sebagai pemandu memohon ganti rugi dan pengisytiharan yang penahanannya melanggar Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan undang-undang penjara kerana dia ditempatkan dalam satu sel bersama 100 yang lain. Read more

Prisons need to meet minimum UN guidelines

Source: Free Malaysia Today

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FMT News: Jails will only produce hardcore criminals if prisoners are treated inhumanely, says lawyer N Sivananthan

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia must conform with the United Nations (UN) guidelines that require authorities to treat prisoners with dignity, a lawyer with the International Criminal Court said.

N Sivananthan said the UN Standards Minimum Rules For Treatment of Prisoners was not binding on Malaysia but it was high time the authorities improve prison conditions.

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Uthayakumar files notice of motion for Royal Commission of Inquiry

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar (centre) has filed a notice of motion to the High Court for an order to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on prisons’ treatment of inmates. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 2, 2015.

Hindraf founder P. Uthayakumar has filed a notice of motion to the High Court today for an order to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry on prisons’ treatment of inmates.

Uthayakumar named Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and prisons director-general Datuk Seri Zulkifli Omar as respondents. Read more