HRW – Indonesia/Malaysia: New Pact Shortchanges Domestic Workers

Weak Protections as Global Body Finalizes Comprehensive Standards (Geneva, May 31, 2011) – A revised agreement between Malaysia and Indonesia provides some benefits for migrant domestic workers but fails to provide some needed safeguards linked to low wages and high recruitment fees, Human Rights Watch said today. A series of high-profile abuse cases led Indonesia in June 2009 to ban new…

Detention without trial must end now

KUALA LUMPUR: Four NGOs -Suaram, Bar Council, Loyar Burok, Lawyers for Liberty- would be filing a judicial review to challenge the detention of three youths under the Emergency Ordinance. Muhamad Arif Abu Samah, 20, was placed under EO in Mersing this month.Two brothers – Mohamed Ramadan Mohamed Ali, 22, and Mohamad Rafe, 20, were placed…

Refugee nightmare plays out for Gillard

The past week has brought home that the Labor government can’t claim a shred of principle on asylum policy any more. It has shamed itself repeatedly and in a most hypocritical way. Those who condemned the Pacific solution have embraced a Malaysian one. The people who said Nauru was unacceptable for offshore processing in part…

Three to challenge Emergency Ordinance

  KUALA LUMPUR: Three young men detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) for suspected vehicle theft will be asking the court to compel the Cabinet to advise the King to revoke the 1969 law, in a test case to challenge the long-standing EO. Muhamad Arif Abu Samah, 19, Mohamed Ramadan Mohamed Ali, 22, and Mohamed…

Malaysia-Australia deal ‘threatens migrants’ safety’

Tenaganita executive director Irene Fernandez (left) talks to journalists outside the Australia embassy in Kuala Lumpur on May 25, 2011. — PHOTO: AFP   KUALA LUMPUR – RIGHTS activists stepped up their battle on Wednesday against Australia’s decision to send 800 boatpeople to Malaysia, claiming the deal threatens the migrants’ safety. Representatives from five rights…

Refugee swap: NGOs keep the heat on

KUALA LUMPUR: Several NGOs submitted a joint memorandum to the Australian High Commission here today protesting the asylum seekers swap between Malaysia and Australia. At a press conference later, Tenaganita chairman Irene Fernandez said civil societies were in the dark about the details of the agreement. “So we asked for the details but the deputy…

‘Refugee swap illegal’: Local NGOs agree

PETALING JAYA: Local NGOs agreed with the Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) that Australia’s plan to send boat people to Malaysia could be illegal. High Commissioner Navi Pillay was quoted in the Australian media today as saying that the refugee swap would be against the law since Malaysia was not a…