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.…

MEMORANDUM BERKENAAN CADANGAN RANG UNDANG-UNDANG MAJLIS KESELAMATAN NEGARA 2015

MEMORANDUM BERKENAAN CADANGAN RANG UNDANG-UNDANG MAJLIS KESELAMATAN NEGARA 2015 Masyarakat  sivil memandang berat dengan penuh keprihatinan berkenaan cadangan Rang Undang-undang Majlis Keselamatan Negara 2015 yang dibentangkan di Parlimen untuk bacaan pertama pada Selasa, 1 Disember 2015. Rang Undang-undang ini memberi kesan yang buruk kepada rakyat Malaysia. Kami membantah cara ianya sedang digegas di Parlimen supaya diluluskan.…

MEMORANDUM to the Attorney-General on the misuse of the Sedition Act 1948

MEMORANDUM to the Attorney-General on the misuse of the Sedition Act 1948 Handed over by the Abolish the Sedition Act Movement (GHAH) to the Attorney-General’s Chambers on 25th of November 2015 at the Attorney-General’s Chambers, No. 45, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 4, 62100 Putrajaya. Over the past months, there has been an alarming increase in investigations and prosecutions…

MEMORANDUM kepada Peguam Negara mengenai penyalahgunaan Akta Hasutan 1948

MEMORANDUM kepada Peguam Negara mengenai penyalahgunaan Akta Hasutan 1948 Diserahkan oleh Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) kepada Jabatan Peguam Negara pada 25 November 2015 di Jabatan Peguam Negara, No 45, Persiaran Perdana, Presint 4, 62100 Putrajaya. Sejak beberapa bulan yang lalu, terdapat peningkatan yang membimbangkan dalam siasatan dan pendakwaan di bawah Akta Hasutan 1948, yang…