Why treat children like hardcore criminals, asks lawyer

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There must be a better way for the authorities to handle children who commit criminal offences, says Paulsen. Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen has asked why the home ministry is treating children like hardcore criminals by detaining them under the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) and Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma).

He explained that these two laws are too harsh for children and are supposed to be used against serious offenders like terrorists or hardcore criminals.

“This is shocking. Surely there must be a better way for the authorities to handle these children who commit criminal offences. You can charge them under ordinary laws.

“Poca has detention without trial, which means somebody can be locked up for two years and another two years without evidence. It is similar to the Internal Security Act (ISA).

“As for Sosma, even though there is a trial, pending the trial, the child is not able to get bail. This can go on for many years,” he told FMT. Read more

Many in disbelief that Malaysia’s cops rated best in Asean

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PETALING JAYA: Many are in disbelief that the Malaysian police force has been rated the best in Asean, as recently revealed by an international body.

Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen said the ranking was nothing to shout about considering that the yardstick was the police forces of other Asean countries.

“I would certainly question that recognition, and I think that you are not comparing yourself with the standard you aspire to be,” Paulsen told FMT.

He also said it was hard to believe that Malaysia was rated higher than its neighbour, Singapore. Read more

Be bold and abolish death penalty, government told

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Human rights advocates urge that capital punishment be removed not just for drug trafficking offences, but for all crimes currently punishable by death. Pic from FMT News.

Human rights advocates urge that capital punishment be removed not just for drug trafficking offences, but for all crimes currently punishable by death. Pic from FMT News.

PETALING JAYA: Human rights groups have urged the government to be bold and abolish the mandatory death penalty in its entirety.

In applauding the Cabinet decision to amend Section 39(B) of the Dangerous Drugs Act 1952 to include a clause providing discretionary powers to the courts in sentencing drug traffickers, they said capital punishment was not right.

Amnesty International, Lawyers for Liberty and Suara Rakyat Malaysia all agreed that there was no evidence to show the death penalty reduced crime.

They called on the government to make the anticipated removal of the mandatory death penalty for drug offences the first step towards complete abolition of that particular form of punishment.

“Malaysia is one of some 30 countries that still use the death penalty, including mandatory death penalty, which remains one of the most abhorrent methods of punishing crime,” said Amnesty International Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshini. Read more

Suaram blasts rearrest of teens in Balamurugan case

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SUARAM executive director Sevan Doraisamy - Pic from FMT News

SUARAM executive director Sevan Doraisamy – Pic from FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has slammed the rearrest of two teenagers in connection with the S Balamurugan case, calling the continued detention an attempt to silence potential witnesses to Balamurugan’s death.

In a statement today, Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said the chain remand also painted the police as an institution that “permits violence in detention and protects those who murder detainees”.

The youths, Kanapathy Perathapan and Ang Kian Kok, both 16, were arrested together with Balamurugan on Feb 6. On Feb 8, Balamurugan was found dead at the North Klang district police headquarters.

According to his lawyers, at his remand hearing on Feb 7, Balamurugan was weak and unable to walk, had bruises on his face, was bleeding from his nose and mouth, and vomited blood. His lawyer also said Balamurugan had been assaulted by the police. Read more

2015 tempoh gelap bagi penentang Najib, 2016 bakal bertambah teruk ‎

Sumber: The Malaysian Insider

Suaram merekodkan peningkatan 5 kali ganda individu disiasat, ditahan atau didakwa mengikut Akta Hasutan berbanding tahun lalu walaupun Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak pernah berjanji memansuhkannya. – Gambar fail The Malaysian Insider, 31 Disember, 2015.

Tahun 2015 menyaksikan tekanan terbesar diterima penentang atau mereka yang berbeza pendapat dengan pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dan satu daripada kumpulan hak asasi manusia terkemuka negara memberi amaran ia boleh menjadi lebih buruk pada 2016.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) berkata, amaran keras itu muncul ketika perdana menteri berdepan tekanan supaya meletak jawatan susulan salah urus tadbir 1Malaysia Development Berhad 1MDB (1MDB) dan wang RM2.6 bilion yang disalurkan ke dalam akaun peribadinya. Read more