142 ARE STATE PARTIES. IT IS TIME FOR MALAYSIA!

SUARAM will be organizing a launch event on our campaign “142 ARE STATE PARTIES. IT IS TIME FOR MALAYSIA!” in commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the 1951 convention this year.

The launching event will be held:

Date : 8 May 2011 (Sunday)
Place : Annexe Gallery (Central Market, Kuala Lumpur)
Time : 2.00 pm – 5.00 pm

Objectives of the campaign are:

 To remind the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 convention and to urge government to accede the both 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol
 To urge government to establish domestic act and to protect and promote the rights of refugees, in particular, child and woman refugees, under the both conventions namely the Convention on the Rights of Children (CRC) and Convention on the Elimination and Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
 To widen awareness on the life and challenges of refugees living in Malaysia

Event is open to public!!!

For more details:

Contact refugee-desk SUARAM, Andika Wahab, 0163723699 or email to [email protected]

What is the 1951 Convention?

The Convention is the only international agreement covering the most important aspects of a refugee’s life. According to its terms, refugees deserve, as a minimum, the same standards of treatment enjoyed by other foreign nationals in a given country and, in many cases, the same treatment as nationals. The Convention also recognizes the international scope of the refugee phenomenon and the importance of burden sharing in trying to resolve it, and helps promote international solidarity and cooperation.

Year 2011 marks the 60th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention

28 July 2011 marks the 60-year anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the status of refugees. About 142 states had acceded the both convention and protocol since its establishment, but Malaysia is yet reluctant to accede the instruments.

142 are state parties: It is time for Malaysia!

Why Malaysian government should accede both the 1951 Convention and its 1967 Protocol?

To provide legal protection and promotion of the rights of refugees and asylum-seekers in accordance with internationally recognized legal and humanitarian standards.
To keep Malaysia’s positive image on the human rights issues in an international arena
To avoid conflict and/or friction between origin and hosting government over refugee questions
To demonstrate the Malaysian government’s commitment and willingness for “burden sharing” in handling global issues
To establish refugee’s effective administration and cooperation with UNHCR
To improve immigration detention centre’s capacity and treatments
To support the lack of human resource in various domestic sectors in Malaysia

RSVP to: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=111562645595870

Majlis Pelancaran buku Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA, 7:30 mlm, 3hb Mei 2011

DENGAN anjuran bersama Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) dan Civil Rights Committee, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (CRC), Strategic Information and Research Development Centre (SIRD) akan melancarkan buku Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Selangor kawasan Hulu Kelang YB Saari Sungib, yang bertajuk Sengsara Kem Kamunting: Kisah Hidup dalam Penjara ISA. Dijemput semua teman dan pelanggan untuk hadir ke majlis pelancaran bagi memeriahkan lagi majlis tersebut di samping melibatkan diri dalam diskusi ‘Siapa di belakang ISA?’

Tarikh : Selasa, 3hb Mei 2011
Masa : 7.30mlm – 10.30mlm
Tempat: Dewan Seminar Tingkat 2, KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall,
No.1, Jalan Maharajalela, Kuala Lumpur. (Sebelah Stesen Monorail Maharajelela)

Program
– Kata-kata aluan GMI
– Ucapan oleh Pengulas Buku YB Chang Lih Kang (ADUN Perak kawasan Teja)
– Pelancaran Rasmi dan Penyampaian Cenderamata

Diskusi Panelis: Siapa di belakang ISA?
Ahli Panel:
1) S. Arutchelvan (Setiausaha Agung Parti Sosialis Malaysia, PSM)
2) Hishamuddin Rais (Aktivis Sosial, Seni dan Penulis)
3) YB Nurul Izaah Anwar (Ahli Parlimen Lembah Pantai, KL)

– Penjualan buku dan tandatangan.

Sengsara Kem Kamunting ditulis menurut getaran hati dan denyutan perasaan Saari sebagai seorang yang telah dibebaskan daripada penahanan akta kejam ISA. Buku ini merakamkan imbauan pengalaman penulis dan rakan-rakan bagi tahun pertama ditahan ISA, iaitu dari April 2001 hingga April 2002.

Ia mengenang apa yang dilalui semasa berada di bawah tahanan SB selama dua bulan sebelum penulis dihantar ke Kem Kamunting. Penulis berkongsi perihal apa yang dilalui, dirasai, direnungi dan pengalaman-pengalaman orang lain yang dihayati, khususnya pengalaman mereka yang melalui nasib sama dipenjarakan atas motif politik.

Ia merakamkan dengan terperinci pengalaman penulis dan rakan-rakan melancarkan mogok lapar sempena tahun pertama ditahan di bawah ISA. Buku ini tamat sebaik sahaja ia mengkisahkan bagaimana kempen mogok lapar berakhir.
Sebarang persoalan sila hubungi Chong Ton Sin 016-379 7231 @ SK Chua 019-352 3864 @ Cik Nalini 019-375 8912 @ Secreatariat GMI atau 03-7784 3525

Tolong sebarkan jemputan ini kepada rakan-rakan anda!

URGENT MEDIA RELEASE: 29 APRIL 2011 STOP POLICE BRUTALITY: ALLOW LEGAL ACCESS TO MUHAMAD ARIF BIN ABU SEMAH

SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA (SUARAM) LAWYERS FOR LIBERTY (LFL)

URGENT MEDIA RELEASE: 29 APRIL 2011

STOP POLICE BRUTALITY:
ALLOW LEGAL ACCESS TO MUHAMAD ARIF BIN ABU SEMAH

SUARAM and Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) was informed by a family member of Muhamad Arif bin Abu Semah, detained under the Emergency Ordinance (EO) since 19 March 2011 that he has been tortured badly under detention.

According to the family members and friends, Muhamad Arif has lost a lot of weight and is currently being denied access to his lawyers at the Rawang police station.

Laywer Edward Saw and Muhamad Arif’s family members went to the Rawang police station to meet him earlier today. When they arrived, the police refused to give Edward access to Muhamad Arif they had not received any instructions from IPD Gombak. Edward tried to negotiate with the police officers, but was unsuccessful. He was told to contact the officers from IPD Gombak.

Muhamad Arif’s family members only managed to spend 3 minutes each with him as the police had only allowed two family members in at a time. During one of these sessions, Fuqran, a family friend, was stopped by a plain clothes police officer, asked his identity card, had his hands restrained and was pulled him out of the room. This act shocked the family members present and the police officer disappeared without apology or explanation.

The continuing descent of the PDRM into lawlessness has been graphically demonstrated by the actions of the plain clothes officer who did not properly identify himself and acted with impunity. SUARAM and LFL condemn the brutal behaviour of the police officer and the silence of his fellow officers who did not stop or restrain him at all. This clearly illustrates the fact that the Malaysian police force is in need of an immediate and true reform.

SUARAM and LFL demands that the Inspector General of Police must:

a) Release Muhamad Arif immediately and issue a public apology to him and his family;
b) Take stern action, including criminal prosecution and disciplinary action against the policemen who assaulted and arrested Muhamad Arif and Fuqran;
c) Support the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC), to function as an independent, external oversight body to investigate complaints about police personnel and to make the police accountable for their conduct;
d) Stop the unjust practice of arresting and re-arresting under preventive detention laws;
e) undertake to respect the right of the people for unimpeded and free access to lawyers at all times;
f) Require the police especially those in plainclothes to identify themselves and display their authorisation when affecting their powers;
g) Support human rights education and training programmes, with a view of changing the attitudes and methods of law enforcement personnel.

Released by,

Nalini.E
SUARAM

May Day 2011: Pekerja Menuntut Akta Gaji Minima

SAMBUTAN MEI SATU 2011
MAY DAY 2011

HARGA BARANG NAIK….GAJI BILA LAGI?
“PEKERJA MENUNTUT AKTA GAJI MINIMA”

Perhimpunan Aman di Kuala Lumpur

Tarikh: 1 Mei 2011 Masa: 10.30 pagi

Berkumpul di Monorail Chow Kit

Salam Perjuangan!

Semua sedia maklum, rakyat Malaysia sentiasa ditekan dengan kenaikan harga barangan komoditi asas. Setiap hari ada sahaja berita kenaikan harga barangan. Tetapi gaji pekerja pula langsung tidak naik walaupun sudah berkerja untuk berpuluh-puluh tahun. Lebih menyakitkan lagi, kerajaan Malaysia masih enggan melaksanakan Akta Gaji Minima untuk semua pekerja di Malaysia.

Oleh itu, Jawatankuasa Mei 1, akan menganjurkan satu perhimpunan aman bersempena Hari Pekerja 2011 untuk menyuarakan tuntutan pekerja, Melaksanakan AKTA GAJI MINIMA di Malaysia sekarang!

Bersatulah pekerja Malaysia untuk menuntut hak kita. Hanya ada masa 24 HARI LAGI untuk sambutan Mei 1. Sebarkan maklumat ini kepada rakan-rakan. Mobilisasi dan turun ramai-ramai.

Tarikh: 1 Mei 2011
Tempat: Kuala Lumpur
Masa: 10.30pagi
Untuk maklumat lanjut, sila hubungi: Bawani.ks 0169008202
http://1mayworkersday.blogspot.com/

Legal Challenge on Taib Mahmud’s Abuse of Power on Immigration Control

Joint Press Statement

Legal Challenge on Taib Mahmud’s Abuse of Power on Immigration Control

We, the undersigned civil society groups, condemn in the strongest sense the denial of electoral reform activist cum political scientist Dr Wong Chin Huat’s entry into Sarawak last Friday.
It is a blatant abuse of immigration power and an insult to Sarawak’s 18-Point Agreement upon the formation of Malaysia by the Sarawak’s caretaker Chief Minister Taib Mahmud.

This and the earlier barring of native rights activist Steven Ng, on the April 3, must be challenged legally in the court. We support fully such legal action, which is now being prepared, to protect Malaysians from violation of fundamental human rights and abuse of federalism.

Wong, Ng and others who have been barred earlier like Dr Kua Kia Soong, MP Sivarasa Rasiah, Cynthia Gabriel and Tan Seng Hin, have all been served a simple notice citing Sub-section 65(1)(a) of the Immigration Act which only states that the State Government has instructed the Director of Immigration Sarawak to deny their entry, without giving any reason.
Caretaker CM Taib Mahmud has shown complete contempt of the Section 67 of the Immigration Act which specifically provides for a citizen’s right of “entering the East Malaysian State for the sole purpose of engaging in legitimate political activity”.

Dr Wong’s trip to Sarawak was to observe the state elections and convey to the Sarawakian electorate two important messages: (a) that some 200,000 Sarawakians living outside Sarawak should have the right to vote via postal ballots – a demand which has been ignored by the Election Commission; (b) that bribery in elections is an criminal offence which may bring the maximum penalty of 2 years in imprisonment and a fine of RM 5,000, and provides no exemption for government officials.

We urge the Sarawakian electorate to hold accountable Caretaker CM Taib Mahmud on denying the entry of Wong, Ng, Kua, Rasiah, Gabriel, Tan and the likes. Is Wong’s advocacy of franchise for Sarawakians and against bribery illegitimate in the eyes of Taib Mahmud?

The Sarawakian electorate should condemn Taib’s abuse of power, which has damaged Sarawak’s legitimacy in maintaining its immigration control. This power was meant in the 18-point agreement to protect Sarawak from undesirable transmigration from West Malaysia and Sabah.

Endorsed by:
1. Coalition for Clean and Fair Elections 2.0 (BERSIH 2.0)

2. Bar Council Malaysia

3. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)

4. Muslim Professional Forum (MPF)

5. Kong Min School Old Pupils’ Association

6. Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH)

7. Lawyers for Liberty (LfL)

8. LLG Cultural Development Centre

9. Malaysian Civil Liberties Movement (MCLM)

10. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall

11. Penang Chinese Independent Schools Education Society

12. Persatuan Alumni Han Chiang, Pulau Pinang

13. Persatuan Alumni Han Chiang Malaysia

14. Persatuan Kelab Kawan Pulau Pinang (Lao Yew Lian Ye Hui)

15. Pusat Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

16. Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)

17. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)

18. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

19. The Micah Mandate

20. Community Action Network (CAN)

21. Kumpulan Anak Muda Independen (KAMI)

22. Kolektif LimaPulohB