CJ’s foolish statement that the judiciary is free from bias

We are surprised that on 11.5.2011, Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi claimed that ” the Malaysian judiciary is free from any criticism or accusation of bias or partiality “. In fact, it is a widely known fact that nothing can be further from the truth. The reputation of the Malaysian judiciary is at its lowest…

MWG: Concerns over the Proposed Australia-Malaysia Refugee Transfer Arrangement

The Migration Working Group is deeply concerned to hear about the possibility of a bilateral agreement between Australia and Malaysia in which 800 asylum seekers arriving by boat to Australia will be transferred to Malaysia for refugee status determination in return for Australia resettling 4,000 UNHCR-recognised refugees over 4 years. Australia, as a state party…

Malaysia’s Press Freedom index: 30 rankings away from Zimbabwe

Once again, Malaysia is shamed by its human rights record even though it continues to brazenly sit on the UN Human Rights Council. This time around, Malaysia is ranked 143 out of 196 countries worldwide according to the Freedom of the Press Survey 2011 (Freedom House) released on World Press Freedom Day today. It basically…

No confidence in new Deputy IGP Khalid Bakar

I’m appalled by appointment of Khalid Abu Bakar as Deputy Inspector-General of police. This paves the way for his eventual appointment as IGP. Some of the worst instances of abuse of power by police took place under Khalid when he was Chief Police Officer of Selangor. This includes the notorious police torture-murder of A Kugan…

Human rights lawyers/activists civil suit against the police for unlawful acts during World Human Rights Day walk in 2007 struck out

Press Statement Lawyers for Liberty is extremely shocked and appalled at High Court Judge Harminder Singh’s decision today to strike out the wrongful arrest, detention and malicious prosecution civil suit brought by several human rights lawyers/activists against the police, the Home Ministry and the government over their arrest, detention and subsequent criminal prosecution during the…

Najib dan Mubarak: Persamaan Yang Ketara

  Terdapat persamaan yang luar biasa antara pemerintahan autoritarian selama 30 tahun di Mesir oleh Hosni Mubarak dan pemerintahan menindas selama 53 tahun oleh Najib dan Barisan Nasional ke atas Malaysia. Perdana Menteri Najib menggunakan cara-cara yang sama dengan Mubarak dalam usahanya untuk mengekalkan kuasa BN keatas negara kita. Antara persamaannya adalah: pergantungan kerajaan atas…

Najib and Mubarak: Striking Similarities

There are remarkable similarities between the 30 year authoritarian rule of Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak and the 53 year oppressive rule of Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) over Malaysia. Prime Minister Najib uses methods identical to Mubarak in his quest to maintain the BN’s grip on our country. Among the similarities are: government reliance on a massive police apparatus to…

Notification of Event: Memorandum of Protest on Serdang Kitten Killer

Animal rights groups Malaysian Animal Welfare Society & PETPOSITIVE, together with Lawyers for Liberty and others are handing over a memorandum of protest to Democratic Action Party’s Secretary-General YAB Lim Guan Eng over the press conference of self-confessed kitten killer on Sunday, March 6, 2011 by 2 DAP elected representatives. They are demanding an apology…

Why Anwar Ibrahim Is In The Dock

It is obvious to any thinking person why Anwar Ibrahim now sits daily in the dock of the Kuala Lumpur High Court undergoing trial on a criminal charge. Anwar tried to set in train a series of fundamental changes to the way this country is being administered and to our national political discourse. These changes…

Justice dead in police custody

Since 2000, at least 147 people have died in police custody (unless otherwise stated, statistics are from PDRM – released during P.Uthayakumar’s ongoing sedition trial) but yet there is little accountability, transparency or any real investigations by the authorities responsible, namely the courts, the police, the Attorney General’s Chambers and the hospitals which provide medical…

Perlancaran Rasmi Lawyers for Liberty 12.2.2011

Tarikh bersejarah 12.2.2011 bukan sahaja bermakna buat warga Mesir yang telah berjaya menjatuhkan pemerintahan diktator 30 tahun Hosni Mubarak, tetapi juga merupakan tarikh bersejarah buat Lawyers for Liberty. Lawyers for Liberty adalah satu gerakan atau organisasi bukan kerajaan yang telah mula bertapak di aliran aktivis hak asasi di Malaysia lebih kurang setahun lalu. Penggerak serta…