Our Top Five Recommendations for the new Inspector-General of Police

Our Top Five Recommendations for the new Inspector-General of Police   We at Lawyers for Liberty congratulate Datuk Seri Mohd Fuzi Harun on your recent promotion as the new Inspector-General of Police. As you may know, we work on numerous human rights and constitutional issues, and in the process we have had more than our fair share…

LFL is hiring! Looking for Legal/Campaign Coordinator

Job Description for Legal/Campaign Coordinator   Lawyers for Liberty is seeking a qualified and motivated applicant for the position of Legal/ Campaign Coordinator to support its work through human rights and public interest litigation, research, campaign and advocacy work.   Vacancy Announcement Position Title: Legal/Campaign Coordinator Employment Type: Full time, 1 year contract (subject to initial…

A Case for Malaysia to Ratify the UN Convention Against Torture

A Case for Malaysia to Ratify the UN Convention Against Torture   On 10 December 1984, the same day Anglican bishop Desmond Tutu was honoured with the Nobel Peace Prize for his non-violent struggle against the apartheid regime in South Africa, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)…

Open letter to the Vice-Chancellor of UKM

Last Friday, I received a telephone call from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia’s (UKM) chapter of the Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) to inform me that my invitation to speak at their national conference on Sunday had been abruptly cancelled by the UKM administration, apparently on the account that I was “controversial”.   I had been scheduled…

Letter from Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council to the Government of Malaysia seeking clarification on use of Sedition Act

The letter, from 3 Special Rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the Government of Malaysia concerns the arrest, detention, and charge under the Sedition Act 1948 brought against Eric Paulsen on 5 February 2015 and the arrest and detention of Zunar under the same act (Zunar was subsequently charged with nine counts…

MEMORANDUM KEPADA AHLI-AHLI DEWAN NEGARA BERKENAAN DENGAN RANG UNDANG-UNDANG MAJLIS KESELAMATAN NEGARA 2015

MEMORANDUM KEPADA AHLI-AHLI DEWAN NEGARA BERKENAAN DENGAN RANG UNDANG-UNDANG MAJLIS KESELAMATAN NEGARA 2015 15 DISEMBER 2015 Masyarakat sivil memandang berat Rang Undang-Undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 (Rang Undang-Undang MKN) yang diluluskan secara tergesa-gesa di Dewan Rakyat pada 3 Disember 2015. Rang Undang-Undang ini memberi kesan yang buruk kepada rakyat Malaysia dan merupakan ancaman yang belum…

LFL: A bleak Human Rights Day for Malaysia, again

Commentary A bleak Human Rights Day for Malaysia, again 10 December 2015   On this Human Rights Day on 10th December which commemorates the day, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Malaysia once again has very little to celebrate.   The nation’s human rights status in 2015 is nothing short of deplorable, probably…

MEMORANDUM ON THE PROPOSED NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL BILL 2015

MEMORANDUM ON THE PROPOSED NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL BILL 2015 Malaysian civil society organisations view with concern the proposed National Security Council Bill 2015 tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, 1.12.2015 for first reading. This Bill has dire consequences for the people of Malaysia. We object to the manner in which it is being rushed through Parliament.…