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SUARAM Annual Human Rights Report 2018

Human Rights Must be the Foundation of Malaysia’s Reform

Digital copy of SUARAM Annual Human Rights Report will be available for download HERE until 31 July 2019.

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Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) Annual Human Rights Report 2018 aims to outline the situation pertaining to human rights in Malaysia for the year 2018. The human rights discourse has evolved drastically following the 14th General Election. However, the first change in administration in Malaysia does not mean an end to the culture of impunity that characterize the human rights violations in Malaysia. Even under the new administration, crucial reforms to remedy the ongoing human rights violations have been slow and met with substantial opposition.

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No Rule of Law and Fair Trial if SOSMA Stays

We, the undersigned civil society organizations are gravely concerned with the continued use of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in spite of Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto to abolish the draconian provisions of this law that permits detention without trial. In addition, Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad stated in July 2018 that SOSMA would be abolished.  The dragnet that led to the arrest and detention of at least 12 individuals with alleged link to the long-defunct Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) is not only a betrayal of these promises  but stands as yet another failure by the Pakatan Harapan administration in upholding fundamental principles of the rule of law and the right to fair trial. The Royal Malaysian Police has revealed that it has conducted an investigation into the alleged support for LTTE before conducting its operations and detaining the 12 individuals under SOSMA. This claim by Ayob Khan only puts the further question as to why SOSMA was even invoked to address the possible threat to the safety and security of Malaysia.

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University Malaya Should be a Safe Space for Students

For Immediate Release
16 October 2019

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is perturbed by the police report lodged by University Malaya following the protest by Wong Yan Ke during the convocation ceremony.

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RECOGNITION OF UEC: A COMEDY OF ERRORS

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 1 Oct 2019

The procrastination by the PH government over the recognition of the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary Schools (MICSS) is fast turning into Malaysia’s comedy of errors. We have been told the summary findings by the Unified Examination Certificate (UEC) task force, which was supposed to be submitted to the government today, has been postponed – the planned meeting between the task force and the minister did not take place after weeks of hype. Apparently, according to a Sin Chew Daily report, Maszlee is on medical leave although he managed to attend a Tamil film screening:

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DIRTY BUSINESS AS USUAL DURING A CLIMATE CRISIS?

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 24 Sept 2019

During the week when the whole world was marching for change to address the climate emergency, was there outrage among Malaysians over the shocking “business as usual” article by Mangai Balasegaram, “We’re polluting the air to generate power we don’t need”? (The Star, 22 Sept 2019)

Mangai was highlighting the abominable RM3.5bil contract awarded to Tadmax Resources to develop a coal-fired power plant in Pulau Indah, Klang:

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COMMIT TO URGENT CLIMATE ACTION NOW!

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong & Anne Munro-Kua, SUARAM 20 Sept 2019

We, the inhabitants of Planet Earth, are already having to deal with unprecedented and alarming events from flooding to forest fires, in what is clearly a Global Climate Emergency. In the face of this challenging scenario, millions of concerned citizens across all 7 continents are going on Climate Strike this September 20th to demand that our respective governments take urgent significant action to address this crisis. First of all, we need an urgent response and clear strategies from the Malaysian Government that demonstrate a commitment to addressing these universal demands:

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