LFL: PCA, Penal Code and CPC amendments are the most serious assault on human rights and established legal principles since 1988

Press Statement 25 September 2013 PCA, Penal Code and CPC amendments are the most serious assault on human rights and established legal principles since 1988 Lawyers for Liberty is extremely shocked and concerned with the rash of proposed criminal law and procedure amendments with far reaching implications that were tabled in Parliament today. These amendments…

LFL: What is needed is SOCA not PROCA

Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the recent decision by the police to use the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (PROCA) as a measure to deal with the escalation of serious and organised crimes. PROCA allows for the detention of any persons for police investigation up to a maximum of 72 days under remand…

LFL: The escalating religious intolerance must stop

Press Statement Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the escalating religious intolerance in Malaysia where in recent months, several minor incidents of perceived insult against Islam have been blown completely out of proportion by Umno leaders, their supporters and the mainstream media – leading to the arrest and remand of Maznah Yusof @ Chetz…

LFL: Charging Milosuam in Kota Kinabalu – Unwarranted and Arbitrary

Press Statement Lawyers for Liberty condemns the burdensome, unlawful and arbitrary charge of blogger Milosuam (Yusuf al Siddique) under section 505 of the Penal Code at the Magistrate’s Court in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. This section criminalizes the act of ‘publishing or circulating statements, rumours or reports’ that are ‘conducing to public mischief’. According to Section…

LFL: Malaysia’s shocking collaboration with the CIA in the extraordinary rendition of two Libyan nationals

Lawyers for Liberty is shocked and outraged at Malaysia’s involvement in a CIA extraordinary rendition process that was recently revealed in Globalizing Torture: CIA Secret Detention and Extraordinary Rendition, a report by Open Society Justice Initiative. Extraordinary rendition is the transfer without legal process of a detainee, often “suspected terrorists” to the custody of a…

LFL: The Prime Minister and NRD have failed to protect genuine stateless claimants

Lawyers for Liberty views with disbelief Special Implementation Taskforce chairman Siva Subramaniam’s statement reported in Free Malaysia Today (“Ministry adds on to stateless problem”, 23 January 2013) that seemed to suggest that Prime Minister Najib Razak and the National Registration Department (NRD) were doing a good job in addressing statelessness affecting the Indian community while…