OPPORTUNE TIME TO SEEK JUSTICE FOR ALTANTUYA

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 12 Oct 2018

First, we would like to congratulate the PH government for finally imposing a moratorium on hangings in the country with a view to abolish the death penalty in the next parliamentary seating. We have been calling for the abolition of the death penalty ever since SUARAM was founded in 1989.

There is no better time for our country to abolish the death penalty than the present predicament we face in trying to extradite Sirul, one of the convicted murderers of Altantuya from Australia. Since the Australian government cannot bring itself to return someone to Malaysia where he will be facing the death penalty, the just and reasonable thing to do is to abolish the death penalty so that this other convicted killer of Altantuya can be extradited back to face justice in our country.

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No More Excuses, Moratorium against Draconian Laws Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is appalled by the statement by Prime Minister, Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with regards to the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948.

The Sedition Act 1948 is a colonial heritage that has restricted freedom of expression throughout its existence and continues to harass human rights defenders and political activists today. The Barisan Nasional administration itself recognized the flawed nature of the Sedition Act 1948 and promised to repeal the Sedition Act 1948 during the 3rd Universal Periodic Review for Malaysia. While the Barisan Nasional has since retracted that position for their political interest, the spirit for the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948 did not disappear with the ‘U-turn’ by Barisan Nasional.

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Malaysia: Civil society calls on new government to reform laws restricting freedom of expression and access to information

Following the Malaysian people’s decision to vote for change in general elections held on 9 May, we the undersigned civil society organisations call on the incoming government to honor the mandate it has been given by implementing a comprehensive program of reform and strengthening human rights protections in Malaysia.

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Secret Execution Must End! Implement Moratorium Now!

For immediate Release
28 March 2016

Secret Execution Must End! Implement Moratorium Now!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the execution of Gunasegar s/o Pitchaymuthu, J Ramesh s/o Jayakumar, and Sasivarnam s/o Jayakumar and calls for an immediate moratorium on any and all execution.

SUARAM finds it shocking and disturbing that the families of these individuals were only informed about their schedule execution on the eve of their execution. According to the family, they were only informed of the execution on the 23rd March 2016 with no indication as to when the execution would take place. Further, they were not informed or notified about the scheduled execution when the family visited Gunasegar in prison the week before. The needlessly secretive manner in which the news of the schedule execution is delivered on the eve of the execution to the family can only be described as inhumane and unconscionable.

Recalling the review of mandatory death penalty initiated by the Government of Malaysia, SUARAM calls upon the de facto law minister, Nancy Shukri to show the Ministry’s sincerity on the matter and immediately implement a moratorium and stay all schedule execution pending the promised law reform on mandatory death penalty.

In solidarity,

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM