LFL: Abolish mandatory death penalty for all offences

Press Statement Abolish mandatory death penalty for all offences 18 November 2015   Lawyers for Liberty welcomes de facto Law Minister Nancy Shukri’s reply in Parliament yesterday that the government is planning to abolish the mandatory death sentence for drug offences and reinstate the judges’ discretion in sentencing.   We are however concerned that the…

LFL: Stop targeting children for political offences

Press Statement Stop targeting children for political offences 9 November 2015 Lawyers for Liberty is shocked and appalled at the police for targeting the children of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali and grassroots activists Nashita Md Noor and Bad Latif Mansor for attending the Bersih 4 rally in August. The investigation against the 15 year-old-boy…

LFL: Raids on Malaysiakini and The Star high handed and unnecessary

Press Statement Raids on Malaysiakini and The Star high handed and unnecessary 9 November 2015 Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the police and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) raid on Malaysiakini and The Star on 6 November and today over news reports of an alleged “transfer” of a Deputy Public Prosecutor (DPP)…

LFL: SOSMA misused against Khairuddin and Matthias

Press Statement SOSMA misused against Khairuddin and Matthias 12 October 2015 Lawyers for Liberty is shocked and outraged at the criminal charges against Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer Matthias Chang under section 124L of the Penal Code and for them to be tried under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA). The duo were charged with attempting…

LFL: Sedition Act remains antiquated, illiberal and undemocratic despite Federal Court verdict

Press Statement 6 October 2015 Sedition Act remains antiquated, illiberal and undemocratic despite Federal Court verdict   Lawyers for Liberty is extremely disappointed with the Federal Court’s Azmi Sharom verdict today that upheld the constitutionality of the Sedition Act despite its manifest antiquated, illiberal and undemocratic nature. Most modern states in the world have either repealed…

LFL: Anwar must be provided immediate and specialised medical treatment

Press Statement  29 September 2015 Anwar must be provided immediate and specialised medical treatment   Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern reports that Anwar Ibrahim has yet to receive the proper medical treatment for his chronic rotator cuff injury on his right shoulder despite persistent complaints by Anwar, his family members and lawyers.   The few…

LFL: Stop harassment of lawyer Matthias Chang

Press Statement  29 September 2015 Stop harassment of lawyer Matthias Chang   Lawyers for Liberty condemns the police for questioning lawyer Matthias Chang over his client Khairuddin Abu Hassan who was recently detained under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (SOSMA) 2012. Khairuddin was held for allegedly committing “sabotage” when he lodged multiple police reports overseas on the massive 1Malaysia…

LFL: Keep activists safe, apprehend assailants immediately

Press Statement 15 September 2015 Keep activists safe, apprehend assailants immediately   Lawyers for Liberty is deeply concerned with the recent attacks against well-known LGBT activist Nisha Ayub and student leader Syahir Rahimi Sukri, president of Gabungan Mahasiswa Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. Nisha Ayub was attacked with an iron rod last Thursday by two men and…

LFL: Protes 16 September berkemungkinan tidak aman

Kenyataan Akhbar 14 September 2015 Protes 16 September berkemungkinan tidak aman   Lawyers for Liberty melihat dengan kebimbangan terhadap protes “anti-Bersih” pada 16 September yang digelar “Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu” atau “Kebangkitan Maruah Melayu” yang tersebar dengan meluas dan dikongsi di media sosial. Ini juga termasuk poster-poster dengan slogan seperti “Tanah Tumpahnya Darah Ku” yang turut…

LFL: 16 September protest likely to be anything but peaceful

Press Statement 14 September 2015 16 September protest likely to be anything but peaceful Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the upcoming “anti-Bersih” protest on 16 September dubbed “Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu” or “Kebangkitan Maruah Melayu” that has been widely publicised and shared on social media including posters with slogans like “Tanah Tumpahnya Darah Ku” depicting martial art poses…

LFL: Hentikan pemburuan, perbuatan biadap bukanlah satu jenayah

Kenyataan Akhbar 3 September 2015 Hentikan pemburuan, perbuatan biadap bukanlah satu jenayah   Lawyers for Liberty memandang dengan kebimbangan ke atas cubaan demi cubaan untuk menjenayahkan beberapa orang peserta Bersih 4 yang telah ditangkap gambar sedang memijak foto Perdana Menteri dan Presiden Pas Hadi Awang.   Walaupun perbuatan itu mungkin dikatakan biadab, ia bukan sesuatu…

LFL: Stop the witch-hunt, being rude is not a crime

Press Statement 3 September Stop the witch-hunt, being rude is not a crime Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the concerted attempts made to criminalise some Bersih 4 participants who were photographed stepping on a picture of the Prime Minister and Pas President Hadi Awang.   While the act itself may be rude, it…