ALLOW THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND RESPECT THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

 

PRESS STATEMENT: 8 MAY 2013

 

ALLOW THE PEACEFUL ASSEMBLY AND RESPECT THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHTS

SUARAM urges the Malaysian government to respect the fundamental right to peaceful assembly by allowing the opposition rally today at the Kelana Jaya Stadium. The rally is being held in response to allegations of election irregularities and fraud that happened on Election Day.

SUARAM also condemns the statement by the IGP Ismail Omar who stated that the rally is illegal (7 May 2013, an article in news portal Malaysiakini titled “Rally illegal, participants face arrest, warns IGP”). SUARAM‘s position is that there is no need for an application of a permit by the organizers which is in line with provisions in the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA), .  As far as SUARAM is concerned, the organisers only need to notify to the police of the assembly.

The right to freedom of peaceful assembly is guaranteed in Article 20 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Further, the right of every Malaysian to assemble peacefully without arms is also enshrined in the country’s highest law, the Federal Constitution.

SUARAM continues to call for abolishment of the Peaceful Assembly Act as many of the provisions in the Act contravenes international human rights standards and provides the police with excessive powers to restrict peaceful assemblies

As a member of the UN Human Rights Council, Malaysia has made commitments on numerous occasions, in various international fora to protect human rights. If the government does not intend to make a mockery of its own international commitments, it must allow the rally to proceed without any disruption, and ensure that the police manage the rally in compliance with international human rights standards.

Released by,

 

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

SUARAM

Ops Scorpene: French Inquiry Makes Headway

 

PRESS STATEMENT: 23 APRIL 2013

 

OPS SCORPENE: FRENCH INQUIRY MAKES HEADWAY

 

On 19 April 2013, 2 SUARAM secretariat, and key spokespersons of the Ops Scorpene campaign, Ms Cynthia Gabriel and Ms Fadiah Nadwa, went on an urgent mission to PARIS at the request of SUARAM’s French lawyers, William Bourdon and Apoline Cagnat.

 

The two judges in charge of the case Roger LeLoire and Serge Tournaire, have been following recent new information offered by various persons on the death of Altantuya Shaaribuu.

 

The brief mission discussed the following details:

 

  1. Important revelations on the deepening role of Najib Razak in the SCORPENE Scandal and the brutal murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu.
  2. New and damning revelations surrounding the SD1 and SD2, the testimonies of the late PI Bala shortly before his death, on Najib’s and his family members direct hand in the controversy and the further revelation of lawyer Americk Sidhu at the Malaysian BAR AGM 16th March 2013.
  3. The lead judge in the ongoing inquiry Roger Le Loire has requested further information on how the recent testimonies will impact upon the ongoing investigations. The French courts have now extended its investigations into circumstances that led to her death, and especially if Najib had abused his powers as then Deputy Prime Minister to cover the truth behind the brutal death of Altantuya.
  4. Ongoing investigations some of which are completely confidential and are awaiting the green light from the judge before it gets to the public domain hopefully in the coming days.

 

Outcomes

 

  1. Our lawyers have submitted to the judge, the latest developments, suggesting strong elements of acts of criminality under the Penal Code including criminal intimidation and obstruction of justice by Najib in instructing for the SD2 to be formulated, for the fabrication of lies and untruths without the consent of PI Bala.

 

  1. 2 new witnesses will be subpoenaed urgently. The first is senior lawyer Americk Sidhu (PI Bala’s lawyer) followed by Cecil Abraham. We note that the Bar Council has just a few days ago reported that they have referred Cecil Abraham to the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board  for misconduct.
  2. At least two other fresh exposes will be made in the coming weeks, pending approval from the judge.

 

BACKGROUND

 

French prosecutors found prima facie evidence to investigate alleged improprieties against French naval shipbuilder DCNS over its sale of two Scorpene submarines to the Malaysia in 2002. Judges Roger Le Loire and Serge Tournaire  – have been entrusted to oversee the case at the Paris Tribunal de Grande Instance.

 

SUARAM has been made a civil party to the ongoing inquiry, which commenced on 16 March 2012.  The two judges are designated to investigate the (alleged) misuse and mismanagement of funds amounting to more than 114.9 million Euros or RM 540 million ringgit.

 

 

 

We thank our lawyers and judge Le Loire for their diligence in pushing open the ongoing inquiry onto new levels, where the investigations will now focus on Najib as a key personality in trying to cover up the death of Altantuya Shaaribuu, and his deepening role in the Scorpene Scandal.

 

 

Thank You

 

Cynthia Gabriel

Fadiah Nadwa

 

 

Released by,

 

SUARAM

 

 

 

FRENCH LAWYERS CALLS FOR SUARAM FOR URGENT MEETING

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT : 19 APRIL 2013
FRENCH LAWYERS CALLS FOR SUARAM FOR URGENT MEETING
SUARAM would like to inform the media that our lawyers in France, William Bourdon and Apoline Cagnat have called us for an urgent meeting following recent developments on the SCORPENE Scandal, that could have severe implications on the French inquiry.
This morning 2 SUARAM Secretariat and key spokespersons of the SCORPENE campaign, Ms Fadiah Nadwa Fikri and Ms Cynthia Gabriel, have left for France on an urgent mission.
They are expected to update and make submissions before judge Roger Le Loire, following discussions with the lawyers.
The duos are expected to hold a press conference on 22 April 2013.
More details soon.
Signed
E Nalini
Executive Director
SUARAM

POLIS TAK PERLU GUNA AKTA KONSERVATIF UNTUK PILIHANRAYA

 

KENYATAAN MEDIA : 12 APRIL 2013

SOSMA Akta Kuno yang bercanggah dengan Hak Asasi, tidak Boleh digunakan ke atas sesiapa!

 

SUARAM berpendirian Akta Kesalahan Keselamatan (Langkah-langkah Khas) SOSMA bukan sahaja tidak perlu digunakan semasa Pilihanraya, bahkan SOSMA merupakan akta konservetif yang langsung tidak diperlukan oleh Negara.  Takrifan kesalahan keselamatan di bawah SOSMA terlalu luas sehinggakan Polis boleh melalukan tangkapan secara wewenangan.

 

Bagi urusan Pilihanraya, sudah wujud undang-undang yang boleh menangani salah laku berkaitan Pilihanraya seperti Akta Kesalahan Pilihanraya . Polis dilihat cuba mengambil jalan mudah dengan menggunakan SOSMA bagi menakut-nakutkan orang ramai memandangkan akta tersebut memberi kuasa besar kepada pihak Polis untuk membuat tangkapan.

 

Risiko berlakunya tangkapan sewenang-wenangnya semasa Pilihanraya

 

SOSMA memberi peruntukan yang sama seperti ISA iaitu pihak Polis boleh menahan sesorang hanya berdasarkan syak wasangka bahawa sesorang itu terlibat dengan kesalahan keselamatan.

 

Berdasarkan kajian kes yang berlaku, terdapat bukti yang menunjukkan pihak Polis melakukan tangkapan secara arbitrari menggunakan SOSMA. Tangkapan yang dibuat ke atas Yazid Sufaat, Hilmi Hasim dan Halimah Hussein, pada Februari lalu jelas dilakukan tanpa bukti yang mencukupi. Sehingga ke hari ini, pihak Polis masih mencari bukti bagi menyokong tangkapan tersebut.

 

Sekiranya diteladani daripada kes yang berlaku, maka dikhuatiri Polis akan menggunakan SOSMA secara sewenang-wenangnya semasa Pilihanraya. Mangsa yang ditangkap dibawah SOSMA akan berdepan dengan proses undang-undang yang terlalu rumit bermula dengan ditahan selama 28 hari tanpa dibicarakan dan kemudian terpaksa mendekam didalam penjara sepanjang proses perbicaraan sekiranya dituduh di mahkamah. Hal ini sekiranya berlaku akan mencemarkan proses Pilihanraya disamping menafikan hak orang yang ditahan untuk terlibat dengan pilihanraya.

 

Risiko berlaku tangkapan bermotif Politik

 

Sekiranya SOSMA digunakan semasa Pilihanraya, maka dikhuatiri akan berlaku tangkapan bermotif politik demi kepentingan pihak tertentu. Lebih merisaukan ialah pihak Polis boleh menahan sesiapa sahaja menggunakan SOSMA walaupun kesalahan belum atau tidak pernah berlaku. Merujuk kembali sejarah ISA, ramai ahli politik pembangkang pernah menjadi mangsa akta zalim berkenaan. Walaupun SOSMA memperuntukkan klausa khas mengenai tidak akan ada penahanan bermotif politik, namun Klausa 12 itu terlalu kecil berbanding kuasa Polis yang boleh membuat tangkapan berdasarkan takrifan kesalahan yang terlalu luas di bawah SOSMA.

 

SOSMA bukan sahaja memberi kuasa besar kepada Polis untuk melakukan tangkapan secara sesuka hati, tetapi SOSMA juga akan menyebabkan penafian hak asasi kepada mangsa yang ditahan. Oleh itu pihak Polis sewajarnya tidak menggunakan SOSMA bagi mengelakkan berlakunya lebih banyak pencabulan hak asasi. Akta ini harus dimansuhkan dengan segera oleh mana-mana kerajaan yang akan menang dalam Pilihanraya Umum akan datang.

 

Sekian.

 

Syukri Razab

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