LFL: Criminal punishment for skipping Friday prayers is not proportionate

Press Statement Criminal punishment for skipping Friday prayers is not proportionate 4 December 2019   Lawyers for Liberty is highly concerned with the recent incident in Terengganu where six men, including three teenagers, were sentenced to one month in prison and fined for skipping Friday prayers. The decision and sentence are in stark contrast to…

LFL: IPCMC is crucial and the time for reform is now

Press Statement IPCMC is crucial and the time for reform is now 3 December 2019   We refer to the news reports that the Independent Police Complaints of Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) Bill 2019 will be tabled in Parliament today with 37 new amendments. The call for the establishment of the IPCMC is neither new or…

LFL: Singapore’s response to Malaysia’s plea for Helmi is arrogant & undiplomatic; brutal & unlawful process of execution in Changi

Press Statement Singapore’s response to Malaysia’s plea for Helmi is arrogant & undiplomatic; brutal & unlawful process of execution in Changi 23 November 2019 We refer to the press statement issued last night by the Singapore Law and Home Ministries claiming that Malaysian citizen Abd Helmi Ab Halim’s execution on Friday was justified as part…

LFL: No more backpedalling, abolish SOSMA without delay

Press Statement No more backpedalling, abolish SOSMA without delay 17 October 2019   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the government’s announcement that the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) will not be abolished but amended. Those in Pakatan Harapan (PH) government had previously condemned SOSMA and described it as oppressive and tyrannical,…

LFL: Freedom of speech via social media must be protected

Press Statement Freedom of speech via social media must be protected 14 September 2019   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the recent surge in online policing of social media posts that touch on sensitive issues such as race, religion and royalty. On 11 September 2019, four individuals were arrested for making allegedly offensive…

LFL: The harassment against Shia Muslims must end

Press Statement The harassment against Shia Muslims must end 13 September 2019   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the state religious authorities’ coordinated campaign of harassment against Shia Muslims with neither proper justification nor constitutional authority. In the past week, dozens of Shia Muslims, including foreigners, have been arrested following a series of…

LFL: Protect Sisters in Islam instead of attacking and smearing them

Press Statement Protect Sisters in Islam instead of attacking and smearing them 28 August 2019 Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the dismissal by the Kuala Lumpur High Court of Sisters in Islam (SIS)’s judicial review application against a 2014 Selangor fatwa, with costs. The fatwa had made a sweeping declaration that SIS and…

LFL: Singapore must withdraw unacceptable threat against Pannir Selvam’s lawyer

Press Statement Singapore must withdraw unacceptable threat against Pannir Selvam’s lawyer 16 July 2019   This statement is in relation to threats made by the Singapore authorities against lawyer N Surendran who has been representing Malaysian death row prisoners, including Pannir Selvam Pranthaman. Pannir, who is sentenced to death for a drug offence, was granted…