Continue Chain Remand against Minor an Attempt to Hide Brutality Inflicted on Detainees? EAIC & SUHAKAM Must Intervene and Investigate!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemns the rearrest of two minors, Kanapathy A/L Perathapan (16 years old) and Ang Kian Kok (16 years old) who were arrested with Balamurugan – the victim of police brutality that succumbed to his injuries on 8th February 2017; and the physical violence inflicted upon them in detention.

The practice of rearrest and chain remand represents a blatant abuse of power by the Royal Malaysian Police and it is an infringement of an individual’s fundamental human rights both under the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This practice exploits the existing loopholes and abuse the remand proceeding in order to unlawfully detain a person under the veil of legality.

On top of the violation of rights in this regards, detainees has also repeatedly reported that they were beaten and tortured in detention to their parents and to the presiding magistrate court judge. While the magistrate court has thus far rejected all application for extension of remand. The initial remand granted by the magistrate court for each re-arrest despite element of re-arrest and police brutality in detention is disappointing to say the least. The courts should have taken into account for the welfare of minors and elements of human rights violations in granting the remand orders. In the interest of the welfare of the two detained minors, no further remand orders should be granted by the magistrate court.

There is no legitimate reason nor any reasonable justification for the continued detention of Kanapathy and Ang except to punish them and silence them for potentially witnessing the brutality inflicted on Balamurugan. The continued detention through such underhanded means only serve to strengthen this view and further incriminate the Royal Malaysian Police as an institution that permits violence in detention and protect those who murder detainees in cold blood.

Furthermore, reflecting upon Malaysia’s commitment to the United Nations Convention on the Right to the Child and the Malaysian government’s obligation to protect the welfare of children, the treatment of Kanapathy and Ang marks a failure of the Malaysian government and a betrayal of its commitment and obligations to protect and uphold the rights of the child. The duty to protect the rights of the child falls upon all government agency and institution including the judiciary and a failure of this magnitude must not be allowed to continue.

SUARAM strongly condemn this unconscionable act by the Royal Malaysian Police and all government quarters involved that enable the continuation of ill treatment against the two minors and call for their immediate release and the suspension of officers involved!

SUARAM also call on SUHAKAM and EAIC to immediately investigate into the misconduct of the Royal Malaysian Police against Kanapathy and Ang; and to help ensure the physical wellbeing and safety of the two from further physical violence and abuse.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director

Pendakwaan Keatas Pelarian Kanak-kanak Rohingya Melanggar Hak Asasi Manusia!

*English statement available below

Untuk Hebahan Segera
23 Februari 2017

Pendakwaan Keatas Pelarian Kanak-kanak Rohingya Melanggar Hak Asasi Manusia!
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya penahanan seorang pelarian Rohingya berusia 15 tahun kerana dikatakan tidak memiliki dokumen perjalanan yang sah.

Pelarian kekal sebagai satu daripada komuniti yang paling terpinggir di Malaysia, berikutan keengganan berterusan oleh institusi kerajaan dan kerajaan Malaysia untuk mengakui kewujudan mereka. Vakum undang-undang dari segi hak dan pengiktirafan yang diwujudkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia telah menyumbang kepada eksploitasi meluas pelarian di Malaysia dan membolehkan aktiviti pemerdagangan manusia terus berlaku.

Keputusan untuk mendakwa pelarian kanak-kanak berusia 15 tahun tersebut; kerana tidak memiliki dokumen perjalanan yang sah, menandakan satu lagi penindasan terhadap pelarian oleh kerajaan Malaysia. Walaupun kanak-kanak ini merupakan seorang pelarian, dan dibawah umur, Mahkamah Majistret telah menolak hujahan peguam, untuk menggugurkan kes, serta tidak membenarkan ikat jamin diberikan kepada kanak-kanak tersebut. Akibatnya kanak-kanak tersebut telah ditahan sehingga hari ini. Laporan yang dikeluarkan seorang pakar psikologi, yang dibawa oleh peguam, menunjukkan kesan yang buruk terhadap pertumbuhan mental kanak-kanak tersebut.

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak dilihat lantang dalam krisis di Rohingya, namun perlindungan masyarakat Rohingya di Malaysia masih tidak wujud. Kepura-puraan yang ditunjukkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia dalam hal ini jelas menunjukkan percubaan untuk mempolitikkan krisis kemanusiaan.

Penahanan lanjut kanak-kanak ini menbuktikan kegagalan kerajaan Malaysia dalam memenuhi obligasi di bawah Perkara 22 Konvensyen Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu mengenai Hak Kanak-Kanak, di mana kerajaan bertanggungjawab untuk menyediakan perlindungan yang sewajarnya kepada anak-anak pelarian.

SUARAM sekali lagi mengulangi kekesalan kami diatas perkara ini serta mengutuk sekeras-kerasnya layanan buruk serta penganiayaan terhadap pelarian di Malaysia, dan menggesa campur tangan serta-merta ke dalam pendakwaan terhadap kanak-kanak Rohingya berusia 15 tahun berkenaan.

Dalam Solidariti
Sevan Doraisamy
Pengarah Eksekutif


Prosecution of Young Refugee Violates Malaysia’s International Human Rights Obligations!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn the detention of the 15 years old Rohingya refugee for not possessing appropriate travel documents.

Refugees remain one of the most marginalized community in Malaysia due to the continued refusal to acknowledge their existence by the Malaysian government and government institutions. The legal vacuum in terms of rights and recognition created by the Malaysian government has contributed to the widespread exploitation of refugees in Malaysia and enabled the widespread trafficking activities that continue to plague the refugee community and Malaysians alike.

The decision to prosecute a 15 years old refugee for not possessing appropriate travel documents marks another low in the persecution of refugees in Malaysia by the Malaysian government. Furthermore, despite the potential impact on a child’s development and growth, the person in question has been languishing in detention at Kajang Prison since December 2016 after application for his bail was denied by Sepang Magistrate Court.

Despite the vocal stance adopted by Prime Minister Najib Razak on the crisis in Rohingya, the protection of the Rohingya community in Malaysia remains non-existent. The hypocrisy shown by the Malaysian government in this regard clearly outline the unconscionable attempt to politicize a humanitarian crisis.

Furthermore, the continued detention of this individual reveals the failure of the Malaysian government in fulfilling the obligations under Article 22 the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child where the government is obliged to provide appropriate protection and humanitarian to refugee children.

SUARAM once again reiterate our strongest condemnation for the current state of affairs in regards to the persecution of refugees in Malaysia and call for immediate intervention into the prosecution of the 15 years old Rohingya minor in question.

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director

Protect the Fundamental Rights of Parents and the Best Interest of the Child

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is disappointed with the decision made by the Court of Appeal in Indira Gandhi’s case on the 31st December 2015.

The issue of unilateral conversion and the circumstances surrounding such cases is often difficult to address and even more so difficult to remedy. Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) provide that everyone has the right to an effective remedy by a competent national tribunal. In cases of unilateral conversion, the Court of Appeal of Malaysia effectively divested themselves of such competency leaving non-Muslim without a competent and suitable court to hear the matter. This clearly violates the fundamental rights held by Indira Gandhi.

Further, as a signatory to the United Nations Convention on the Right of the Child (UNCRC), the Government of Malaysia and all public institution of the country is duty bound to implement and enforce the principles enshrined in UNCRC. Any decisions by the Court should reflect the principles of UNCRC and place the best interest of the child as the top priority in the decision making process.

On this note, the decision to permit the unilateral conversion of minors without any challenge by the Court of Appeal can be seen as the failure of the Court in upholding the principles of UNCRC. Not only does the failure violate children’s rights enshrined in the UNCRC, this failure also condemns the parent and children to further emotional turmoil and darken the future of the children involved with each passing day.

As the future of Malaysia relies on the healthy development of children and young persons in Malaysia, it is of upmost importance for all governmental agencies and Malaysian to take appropriate steps to ensure that children and young persons are given an ideal environment to learn and grow. Such a failure to safeguard the best interest of the child must not be allowed to continue and must be dealt with by all relevant institution and agencies immediately!

In the event of an appeal to the Federal Court of Malaysia, SUARAM calls upon the Federal Court to implemente and uphold the principles enshrined in the UNCRC and Child Act 2001 and ensure that Indira Gandhi’s children’s interests are protected. Failure to do so would undoubtedly put Malaysia in clear violations of its obligations under the UNCRC and further tarnish Malaysia’s reputation in the world.

In Solidarity,
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director