[GHAH] Hari Yang Kelam Buat Kebebasan Bersuara

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Kenyataan Media GHAH
6 Oktober 2015
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HARI YANG KELAM BUAT KEBEBASAN BERSUARA

Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) hari ini melahirkan rasa kecewa atas keputusan yang telah dibuat oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan dalam semakan kehakiman kes Akta Hasutan yang telah difailkan oleh Prof Azmi Sharom.

Akta Hasutan 1948 seperti yang diketahui umum selama ini, adalah akta drakonian dan zalim yang dicipta oleh penjajah untuk menahan individu dan menyekat kebebasan bersuara terutama dalam perjuangan menuntut kemerdekaan negara suatu masa dahulu.

Mengekal dan menggunakan akta tinggalan penjajah ini malah boleh dianggap sebagai suatu penghinaan besar kepada kemerdekaan dan kedaulatan negara kita.

Mengulangi semula tuntutan yang diperjuangkan oleh GHAH sejak sekian lama; dengan perkembangan hari ini yang mnyaksikan bahawa Akta Hasutan 1948 kekal digunakan biarpun dengan begitu banyak hujah yang mewajarkan pemansuhan dan ketidak berperlembagaannya, kami tetap dengan keras menggesa kerajaan untuk memansuhkan Akta Hasutan 1948 dengan serta merta, tanpa perlu digantikan dengan mana-mana akta lain.

Biarpun apa keputusannya, GHAH akan meneruskan gerak kerja sehingga akta zalim ini dihapuskan serta merta.

Dalam masa yang sama juga, GHAH ingin mengingatkan kerajaan bahawa perkembangan mutakhir ini turut mendapat perhatian kami apabila sekian ramai aktivis dan pemimpin politik ditahan dan disiasat di bawah 124B dan 124C Kanun Keseksaan, sebagai ganti kepada Akta Hasutan. Kenyataan atau tindakan mengkritik dasar dan kecurangan kerajaan dan pemimpin negara, adalah hak dan tanggungjawab setiap warganegara. Isu ini sama sekali tidak dipandang ringan oleh kami. Sebarang bentuk pencabulan hak kebebasan bersuara rakyat Malaysia seperti yang dijamin oleh Perkara 10 Perlembagaan Persekutuan akan terus kami tentang bersama.
Mansuhkan Akta Hasutan!

Di sediakan oleh,
Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH)

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In the Absence of Justice: Sanctioned Human Rights Violations

Suaram press statement
6 October 2015

SUARAM express great disappointment at the Federal Court’s decision made in relation to the Sedition Act 1948 in Azmi Sharom’s case.

The acknowledgement and ‘approval’ of the Sedition Act 1948 as constitutional would undoubtedly constrain freedom of expression in Malaysia. With the tacit approval of the Federal Court of Malaysia, SUARAM have no doubts that prosecution and persecution of civil and political rights defenders under the Sedition Act 1948 would proceed with renewed zeal. The 207 cases of documented investigations and/or remands made under the Sedition Act 1948 would be merely a prelude to what may come.

Recalling the equally disappointing decision made by the Court of Appeal in relation to the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012, Malaysians have much to fear for in regards to our rights guaranteed by the Federal Constitution. As one of the primary defender of the Federal Constitution and all rights enshrined in our Federal Constitution, It is unfortunate that we have seen the Judiciary in Malaysia indirectly facilitate the deterioration and possibly the demise of human rights and civil liberties in Malaysia.

The worrying trend of human rights violations and erosion civil liberties by the Government of Malaysia would likely continue unabated following the tacit approval of the judiciary. This unfortunate trifecta of disappointing circumstances leaves Malaysians with little to no recourse to justice when it comes to human rights and civil liberties.

As the primary body task to uphold the Federal Constitution and dispense justice to all Malaysians without fear nor favour, the Federal Court of Malaysia must not forget their legal and moral duties to Malaysians.

On this note, SUARAM would like to remind the esteemed and respectable judges of Malaysia of the famous saying that justice should not only be done, but should manifestly and undoubtedly be seen to be done. In light of the decent decisions, it is disappointingly clear that there is still much to be done before there is true justice in Malaysia.

As we did with the Internal Security Act 1960, SUARAM together with Malaysian Civil Societies and NGOs will work hard with Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH) to repeal the Sedition Act 1948. SUARAM hope that this unfortunate turn of events would not silence the brave voices including but not limited to those of Azmi Sharom and the students of University Malaya.

Lastly, SUARAM would like to offer Professor Azmi Sharom and other victims who are charged and penalized for exercising their freedom of expression our deepest sympathies and would reiterate that SUARAM will stand in solidarity by your side through these trying times.

Released by,

Sevan Doraisamy

Executive Director

SUARAM