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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LIBERTY MUST BE ADMINISTERED EXPEDITIOUSLY

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser 27 Aug 2018

The hunger strike by 160 detainees under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 at Sungai Buloh prison who are demanding the government abolishes the detention-without-trial Act, reminds me of the hunger strike by Operation Lalang detainees in 1988. I shall never forget the passionate plea by the late Karpal Singh at his habeas corpus hearing then that “a person’s freedom must be attended to EXPEDITIOUSLY…”

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SOSMA Must Go and Juvenile Detainees must be Freed Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the announcement by Tun Mahathir Mohamad regarding the administration’s plans to abolish the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Since its inception, SOSMA has been used extensively by the Royal Malaysian Police with more than 1,600 detentions since July 2012. Despite assurances by the former administration, the denial of the right to fair trial and torture in detention remains prevalent with SUARAM’s documenting countless case of brutal torture akin to those faced by detainees under the Internal Security Act 1960.

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Home Affairs must Intervene on Minors Detained under POCA/SOSMA Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) welcomes the stance adopted by the new Minister for Home Affairs, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on reviewing draconian laws and the acknowledgement for the need for engagement with civil societies.

While the promises for consultation and review of draconian law is a much appreciated after decades of repression, SUARAM would like to remind the Minister that there are urgent matters which requires his immediate interventions.

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