End the Harassment and Intimidation Now!

Press Statement: 29 March 2013

 End the Harassment and Intimidation Now!

We Want Justice for Chan Chin Te!

 

SUARAM is disturbed by news reports that Subang Member of Parliament R Sivarasa and Puchong Member of Parliament Gobind Singh Deo have been called in for questioning in relation to the death in custody of Chan Chin Te in the USJ8 Subang Jaya police station.

These two MP’s above were the ones who had initially raised this case of the death in police custody on 14 January 2013 to the public and had demanded a second post-mortem to be done.  While SUARAM understands that a police report was made against the 2 MP’s and therefore the police are required to take their statements, we deeply disappointed by the lack of action on the part of the police to resolve the death in custody case.

Despite statements by the OCPD Assistant Commissioner Yahaya Ramli that a team of investigators have been put together a team to investigate the incident, the police have failed to inform the Rakyat what proactive measures they have taken since and if any police personnel on duty on that day have been suspended pending an investigation into the case

There has been a continued failure by the Royal Police of Malaysia to improve its image and conduct in the eyes of the public and these actions further degrade the institution.

When the state detains a person including a criminal suspect, it has the obligation to protect the most fundamental human right which is the right to life. The right to life is a non-derogable right guaranteed under the Article 5 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The actions of the police above are a reminder why there is a need for an independent and impartial body in Malaysia to investigate all cases of human rights violations by the police including deaths in custody. There is an urgent need to set the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) so that the police do not operate with impunity and can be held accountable.

 

Released by,

Thevarajan. R

Police Reform and Accountability Coordinator

SUARAM

Rakyat Mahu IPCMC – Hang and Snap Campaign

We need your help on achieving this.

Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was the cry of civil societies since it was recommended in 2005 by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police. Under the rule of our ex-Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the toothless Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was formed to substitute IPCMC.

The Royal Commission released a 576 page report with 125 recommendations which one of it is the need for the police force to have an oversight mechanism to make sure the Royal Police of Malaysia respects human rights and performs its duties in accordance to the law. GE-13 is around the corner. No matter it’s BN or PR to rule the country for the next term, we need IPCMC to be implemented!

SUARAM plans for a campaign to put up banners on #ipcmc anywhere and everywhere we are possible to do it.

It’s election fever now and this is the right time to show people’s stand on the need for #ipcmc


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WE HAVE THE BANNERS READY! 
Just let us know how many banners you need, we will deliver it to you!
Once hanged, take a shot, send it to us please! We are reachable at 013-3845740 (KL) or 017-5029659 (Penang) or 016-6713380 (Penang) or
[email protected]net or [email protected] or [email protected]

 

IT’S TWEET WEEK! TWEET YOUR RIGHTS!

 
 
Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) was the cry of civil societies since it was recommended in 2005 by the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police. Under the rule of our ex-Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the toothless Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was formed to substitute IPCMC.
 
The Royal Commission released a 576 page report with 125 recommendations which one of it is the need for the police force to have an oversight mechanism to make sure the Royal Police of Malaysia respects human rights and performs its duties in accordance to the law. GE-13 is around the corner. No matter it’s BN or PR to rule the country for the next term, we need IPCMC to be implemented!
The need to implement IPCMC has been falling on deaf ears.
Let’s flood the twitter of @NajibRazak @anwaribrahim @PDRMsia with our tweets!
 
You may use the samples below to tell the police force, outgoing or incoming PM what to do (whatever it may be). Lets hope anyone will reply!
1. The rakyat wants #ipcmc now! @NajibRazak @anwaribrahim @PDRMsia

2. Waiting for more deaths in custody? Implement #ipcmc now @NajibRazak @anwaribrahim @PDRMsia
3. @PDRMsia must stop the deaths in it’s backyard #ipcmc now @NajibRazak @anwaribrahim
4. Cukup dengan kematian dalam lokap @PDRMsia #ipcmc @NajibRazak @anwaribrahim
MAKE SURE YOU KEEP US IN THE LOOP BY USING #ipcmc or @SUARAMtweets 
Your every tweets count!
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URGENT APPEAL : 5 MAHASISWA UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SABAH (CAWANGAN LABUAN) DITAHAN POLIS

23 MAC 2013 

URGENT APPEAL : 5 MAHASISWA UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA SABAH (CAWANGAN LABUAN) DITAHAN POLIS

5 orang mahasiswa Universiti Malaysia Sabah (Cawangan Labuan) UMSKAL, ditahan Polis kerana mengadakan Speaker Corner dan edaran risalah di Pusat Bandar Labuan. Mereka ditahan pada jam 3.00 petang dan dibawa ke Balai Polis Labuan. Suaram difahamkan, Speaker Corner  tersebut diadakan sempena pelancaran Gerakan Mahasiswa Pru 13 (GM13) peringkat Labuan. Mereka juga mengedarkan risalah kesedaran politik kepada masyarakat Labuan.  Mereka yang ditahan ialah :

Al Mughni Shah Jabran : 900105-14-5577 (Pengerusi Pro Mahasiswa UMSKAL)

Mohd Azilah bin Muhamad : 911226-11-5343

Ibnihar bin Amat : 890722-12-6009

Fatima atila binti Ali : 910103-12-5424

Sakinah binti Yusuf : 910521-12-6104

Suaram mengutuk tindakan pihak Polis menahan mahasiswa yang hanya mempraktikkan hak mereka yang dijamin dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Tindakan pihak Polis itu juga jelas tidak menghormati hak kebebasan berhimpun dan hak untuk mengeluarkan pandangan yang termaktub dalam Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat.

Suaram juga difahamkan, Pegawai Penyiasat (IO) yang menjalankan soal siasat mengugut mahasiswa yang ditahan agar menjawab semua soalan yang ditanya. Sekiranya mahasiswa terebut enggan menjawab, Polis akan mendakwa mahasiswa berkenaan atas tuduhan menghalang penjawat awam melaksanakan tugas. Sedangkan Mahasiswa berkenaan hanya mengikut nasihat Peguam untuk menggunakan hak untuk berdiam diri seperti yang terkandung dalam Seksyen 112 (2) Kanun Prosedur Jenayah.

Oleh itu, Suaram ingin memohon sokongan rakan-rakan NGO untuk turut sama mendesak pihak berkuasa agar segera menghentikan intimidasi terhadap rakyat dengan melakukan perkara seperti berikut :

1.       Hubungi Balai Polis Labuan dan memohon agar pihak Polis segera membebaskan kesemua mahasiswa yang ditahan

Balai Polis Labuan : 08 – 7412 222

Insp Zaini : 013 – 555 0202 (SB yang menahan 5 mahasiswa)

2.       Menulis surat dan faks kepada Ketua Polis Negara agar segera menghentikan sebarang intimidasi terhadap rakyat yang hanya mengamalkan mereka. Contoh surat seperti berikut :

 

Tan Sri Ismail Omar,

IInspector General of Royal Malaysian Police

Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,

Bukit Aman,

50560 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 603-2266 2222

Fax: 603-2070 7500

E-Mail: [email protected]

Tuan,

HENTIKAN INTIMIDASI TERHADAP RAKYAT SEKARANG.

 

Kami daripada                      (Organisasi)_____________, menentang sekeras-kerasnya tindakan pihak Polis menahan 5 orang mahasiswa di Labuan pada 23 Mac kerana mengadakan Speaker Corner dan edaran risalah kesedaran politik. Mereka hanya mengamalkan hak mereka untuk berhimpun secara aman dan hak untuk mengeluarkan pandangan. Perkara ini dijamin sebagai Fundamental Rights dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Tindakan pihak Polis ini juga tidak menghormati prinsip hak asasi yang terkandung dalam dokuman Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat.

Kami mohon agar tindakan intimidasi ini tidak berulang kerana tindakan tersebut hanya memalukan Malaysia pada pandangan masyarakat antarabangsa.

Sekian. Terima kasih

 

Yang benar,

 

[Nama]

[Jawatan]

 

Salinan kepada :

 

1.Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak,

Prime Minister of Malaysia,

Prime Minister’s Office,

Main Block, Perdana Putra Building,

Federal Government Administrative Centre,

62502 Putrajaya , MALAYSIA

Tel: 603-8888 8000

Fax: 603-8888 3444

E-Mail: [email protected]

 

2.      Chief Minister of Pahang,

YAB Dato Seri Haji Adnan bin Haji Yaakob,

Wisma Sri Pahang, 25503 Kuantan,

Tel : 09-5121155/09-5121682/685,

Faks : 09-5157766

Emel  : [email protected]

 

3.        Chairman,

Tan Sri Hasmy Agam,

Chairman,

Malaysian Human Rights Commission,

Level 11, Menara TH Perdana,

Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03 26125600

Fax: 03 26125620

 

4.        Mr. Frank La Rue

Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

Fax: +41 22 917 9006

Email: [email protected]

 

5.       Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,

Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,

Email: [email protected][email protected][email protected]

 

6.      Mr. Maina Kiai

Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association

Palais des Nations

CH-1211 Geneva 10

Switzerland

Fax : + 41 22 917 9006

Email : [email protected]

 

7.      Daniel Collinge

Human Rights Officer

Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Field Operations and Technical Cooperation Division

Asia-Pacific Section

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SARAWAK INDIGENOUS RIGHTS OWNED AND SOLD IN SECRET DEALS

Press Statement: 21st March 2013

SARAWAK INDIGENOUS RIGHTS OWNED AND SOLD IN SECRET DEALS

 

 

SUARAM refers to Global Witness’ video titled “Inside Malaysia’s Shadow State” available for viewing at http://www.globalwitness.org/insideshadowstate/. SUARAM is gravely concerned on the impact of corruption to human rights, particularly on Sarawak’s indigenous peoples and the accountability and transparency of the state government.

 

Rights of the indigenous peoples were sold with the lack of “free, prior and informed consent” through the Regional Corridor Development Authority and Sarawak’s Ministry of Resource Planning and Environment headed by Chief Minister Taib Mahmud. The latest ambition of the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy of building 50 hydroelectric dams further risks the erosion of native customary rights (NCR) of indigenous peoples.

 

The said video had further strengthened the urgent need for a robust investigation on the allegations of Taib’s corrupt practices. The violations of indigenous peoples’ NCR and deforestation to foot the bill of one family’s riches must be exposed and revealed to the public. Without any meaningful actions by the government and its enforcement agencies, indigenous peoples will be systematically stripped off their customs and identity.

 

In view of the above, SUARAM urge the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to conduct a thorough investigation on the matter and make available the result of the investigation. SUARAM further demands that a Royal Commission of Inquiry be establish to determine the matter in the most impartial and transparent manner. Taib’s assets, if found to be illegally obtained and amassed over the years, must be returned to the people of Sarawak with immediate effect.