POLICE HAVE ARRESTED 28 ACTIVISTS WHILE LEAFLETING AT TANGKAK, MUAR JOHOR!

URGENT APPEAL[2]: 25 JUNE 2011

POLICE HAVE ARRESTED 28 ACTIVISTS WHILE LEAFLETING

AT TANGKAK, MUAR JOHOR!

 

Today police from the IPD Lenang,Tangkak  have arrested 28 Activists from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) for leafleting. Apparently the police are also trying to arrest publics that holding the leaflets that have been distributed.  Before that, the police already stop and checking their bus at Tangkak but after that the police arrested whole participants.

The previous intimidation and arrested was happened on 24 June which 6 activist was arrested at Kuang, Johor and stopped the team from leafleting in Nusa Jaya ,Johor in the same day. Besides that, police also arrested the north teams activists at Seberang Perai Utara ,Pulau Penang today afternoon.28 of them still under arrest  until now.

SUARAM strongly condemns the arrest and the police for their on-going attacks and intimidation on freedom of expression, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. We demand the Malaysian government and the police to release all those arrested immediately and to allow the Activists to continue leafleting and exercise their freedom of expression as stated in the Federal Constitution.

Released by,

Yap Heng Lung

SUARAM Coordinator

Background

 

PSM has launched the Udahlah BN Bersaralah (Enough BN, Retire Now) campaign Phase 1 today at Johor and Perak from 24 to June 26, 2011. The campaign is to promote national awareness to ask people to make bold changes to make a difference in the upcoming elections. In addition, PSM will also ask people to join Bersih 2.0 Assembly on July 9th, 2011; demanding clean and democratic elections.

The team in Johor which has been centralised in Nusa Jaya has been stopped since 8am in the morning and they were not allowed to do leafleting. The police kept intimidating the Activists by claiming that the campaign material contained seditious statements and if they proceed with the leafleting the police will not hesitate to arrest them.

The campaign is also aime at exposing the corruption which has grown worse, growing gap between the rich and poor, increasing racial tension and deteriorating condition of democracy in Malaysia. Campaign Phase 1 Udahlah BN Bersaralah will see a campaign that begins in both Perlis and Johor. The campaign from the North will explore some of the rural areas and towns towards the state of Kedah, Penang, and ends in Perak.The Southern campaign will explore the State of Johor, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan and ending in Kota Damansara, Selangor.

The campaign will also involve Pakatan Rakyat parties, community groups and NGO Committee. The second phase of the campaign will include the East Coast of Peninsular Malaysia. It is estimated that about 80 people, including Activists, PSM members and community members will participate in this campaign which will be mobilized by using the bus.

What can you do?
Urgent action needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the on-going denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow the Activists to continue their campaign and allow them to practice their freedom of expression as stated in Federal Constitution

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SAMPLE LETTER

[Letterhead of your organisation]

Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Ismail Omar,
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613

Dear Sir,

Re: Allow the Campaign and Stop on- going crackdown on Freedom of Expression

 

We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over your government’s ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression.
We are appalled by your government and the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt by your government to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom to express their views.
We demand the police and the government to release all those arrested and to allow the campaign without any further intimidation. We further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression.
We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia, a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council. We would like to remind you that freedom of expression is guaranteed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well as the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
Yours sincerely,
[Name]

Cc To:

1. OCPD Harun

IPD Lenang

Jalan  Paya Mas,

84900 Tangkak, Muar, Johor.

Tel/Fax:06-9781222

 

 

 

 

2.     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

3. 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: freedex@ohchr.or

4. Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,

Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Email: [email protected][email protected]

6. Christine Chung,

Human Rights Officer,

Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights,

Asia Pacific Section, Asia Pacific and Middle East Branch,

Field Operation & Technical Cooperation,

OHCHR- Palais Wilson,

United Nationas Office at Geneva,

CH-1211 Geneva 10,

Switzerland.

Tel:  +41 (0) 229289673

Fax: +41 (0) 22928 9018

Email: [email protected]

French lawyer to headline Ops Scorpene event

source: http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/167581

Prominent human rights lawyer William Bourdon will appear at Suaram’s fundraising event in July.

The starattraction in Suaram’s upcoming fundraising event dubbed ‘Ops Scorpene’will be a prominent French lawyer specialising in the defence of humanrights and victims of crimes against humanity.

NONEWilliam Bourdon (right)and his team of lawyers at Sherpa – a not-for-profit organisation he founded in 2001 that focuses on improving legal tools to promote corporate social responsibility – have been providing pro bono services for Suaram thus far.

Active in initiating legal procedures in France against former Serbian and Rwandan leaders suspected of crimes against humanity and war crimes,Bourdon also served as legal council for Franco-Chilean families who were victims of the former dictator Augusto Pinochet. From 1995 to 2000, he was General Secretary of the International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR).

Scorpene heads to open trial

Ops Scorpene, the details of which can be found on Suaram’s website, was launched in May after French prosecutors concluded initial investigations into the alleged scandal.

azlanThe scandal involves commissions amounting to 114.96 million euros (RM574.8 million) paid to Malaysian consulting company Perimekar Sdn Bhd. A French probe revealed another 30 million euros (RM150 million) paid to DCN’s commercial network Thales and another 2.5 million euros (RM7.5 million) paid to an unknown recipient.

Suspicions were raised when government officials contradicted one another when attempting to clarify the “commissions”.

While then-Deputy Defence Minister Zainal Abidin Zin said in 2006 that the commissions were paid “voluntarily” (to Perimekar) by the French parties in the deal, Defence Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told Parliament in 2008 that the government had indeed paid the 114.96 million euros to Perimekar, but that it was for “coordination services” and not commissions.

Ahmad Zahid said recently that he was ready to testify in court, but many think it would be more relevant for the court to seek the testimony of Prime Minister Najib Razak, who was then Defense Minister in charge of the deal.

suaram press conference on submarines deal 300511 cynthia gabrielPerimekar is a subsidiary of KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd, of which the major shareholder is the wife of Abdul Razak Baginda – Najib’s close confidante who was charged with and acquitted of the murder of translator Altantuya Shariibuu.

Suaram board director Cynthia Gabriel (right) said the case, which was filed in a Paris court, was very important as it would reveal a host of relevant documentation related to Malaysia’s purchase of the submarines.

When the case goes to open trial, documentation – including contracts between the Malaysian government and DCN – will be made public and witnesses – including Malaysian officials – can be subpoenaed, she added.

The legal costs of the case, however, are expected to balloon as it proceeds to open trial, she noted.

Fundraising to fight corruption

Gabriel is optimistic that the human rights NGO will achieve its target of collecting RM100,00 from concerned Malaysians who support the fight against corruption, especially among the country’s top officials.

“We have been already receiving pledges and contributions from citizens who are very concerned about the corruption level in our country,” she told Malaysiakini today.

“We are appealing for more pledges so that we can continue with the trial in France until the questions surrounding the scandal and the mystery of the grosteque death of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu be put to rest,” she added.

The fundraising event will kick off in Penang on July 21, and besides Bourdon, a string of political leaders are expected to make speeches, including DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang and newly minted PAS deputy president Mohamed Sabu.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has been invited to the event, but may have to leave for an important overseas trip that day.

Other speakers include PKR vice-chief and Batu MP Tian Chua, as well as Gabriel, who will all speak in the Kuala Lumpur event on July 23.

Kes Tukar Gari lagi Oleh Polis: Anak Penternak Kambing ditahan Polis Selama 45 hari!

Kenyataan akhbar : 22 June 2011
Kes Tukar Gari lagi Oleh Polis: Anak Penternak Kambing ditahan Polis Selama 45 hari!

Hari ini SUARAM dan ADUN Teja,Perak YB Chang Lih Kang serta anggota PKR Perak telah membuat aduan serta menghantarkan satu memorandum kepada Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia(SUHAKAM) terhadap kes tahanan polis secara road show atau tukar gari dan keganasan terhadap seorang OKT (Orang Kena Tahan)bernama Manivanan A/L Poonga yang berumur lebih kurang 20 tahun. Memorandum tersebut diterima oleh Persurujaya Encik Detta Samen.

Kronologi
1. Pada 7.05.2011, pada pukul 4.30 pagi Manivanan A/L Poonga dan seorang kawannya telah ditangkap oleh beberapa anggota polis di rumah sewa yang bertempat di Tanjung Malim. Anggota polis telah memasuki rumah dan membawa keluar Manivanan dan seorang kawannya tanpa diketahui apa sebab penangkapan tersebut. Mereka ditangkap dan dibawa ke Balai Polis Slim River.

2. Selepas 1 minggu penanhanan itu, pihak polis menelefon ibu Manivanan dan memberitahu ibunya bahawa anaknya telah dibawa ke Balai Polis Jelapang.

3. Pada 23.05.2011, Manivanan telah dibawa ke Mahkamah Ipoh. Ibu bapanya yang turut hadir ke mahkamah diberitahu bahawa anaknya ditahan kerana terlibat dalam kes bunuh dibawah Seksyen 302. Pada hari yang sama Ibu bapa Manivanan telah pergi ke IPD Ipoh untuk berjumpa dengan Inspektor Nirmala dari B Team. Apabila sampai di pejabat, ibu bapa Manivanan ternampak Ins. Nirmala memukul Manivanan melalui kaca tingkap bilik. Bapa Manivanan mengetuk pintu dengan kuat supaya Ins.Nirmala berhenti memukul anaknya tetapi Ins.Nirmala mengarah ibu bapa Manivanan turun ke bawah. Pada masa itu ibu Manivanan telah pengsan akibat terkejut dengan melihat keadaan anaknya yang dipukul oleh polis depan matanya.

4. Pada 25.05.2011 ibu dan bapa Manivanan pergi ke IPD Ipoh untuk berjumpa dengan Ins.Nirmala. Namun, menurut Ins. Nirmala, mereka tidak dibenarkan berjumpa dengan Manivanan kerana didakwa bawah Seksyen 302.

5. Selepas 1 minggu,iaitu 1Jun 2011, bapa Manivanan iaitu Encik Poonga mendapat panggilan telefon daripada polis bahawa anaknya telah dihantar ke Balai Polis Bercham.

6. 2 hari kemudian,iaitu 4 Jun 2011, polis telah menelefon ibu Manivanan dan memberitahu bahawa anaknya akan dihantar ke Melaka Tengah kerana dia dipercayai terlibat dalam kes samun di kawasan tersebut.

7. Pada 13.06.2011, bapanya pergi ke Balai Melaka Tengah untuk berjumpa dengan Manivanan. Manivanan memberitahu bahawa dia tidak bersalah namun akibat paksaan dan seksaan pihak polis, Manivanan telah mengaku sebanyak 7 tuduhan ke atasnya. Manivanan dimaklumkan akan dihadap ke mahkamah pada 19.06.2011.

8. Namun demikiian, pada 19 Jun 2011, seorang pengawai polis telah memaklumkan kepada bapanya bahawa Manivanan telah dihantar dan ditahan di balai Polis Karai,Sungai Siput sehingga hari ini.

SUARAM mengecam tindakan polis yang melakukan tukar gari terhadap saudara Manivanan. Isu tukar gari telah bukan kali pertama yang berlaku namun ia kerap berlaku sebelumnya.
Menurut seksyen 117 Kanun Acara Jenayah (Akta 593), tidak kira apapun kes jenayah yang terlibat, seseorang suspek tidak boleh ditahan lebih daripada 14 hari untuk hukuman kes jenayah yang lebih daripada 14 tahun penjara dan 7 hari untuk hukuman jenayah yang kurang daripada 14 hari.

Polis jelas menyalahgunakan kuasa dengan menahan saudara Manivanan selama 45 hari.Sekiranya Manivanan didakwa terlibat dalam kes jenayah maka dia seharusnya dibawa hadap ke mahkamah ,namun ia tidak berlaku.

Dalam Pekara 5,Universal Diklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia (UDHR) telah menyatakan bahawa ‘‘Tiada sesiapa pun yang boleh dikenakan seksaan atau layanan atau hukuman yang zalim ,tidak berperikemanusiaan atau menghinakan ’ ’.

YB Chang Lih Kang dalam aduan terhadap SUHAKAM menyatakan tuntutannya mendesak pihak polis untuk membebaskannya atau mendakwanya di mahkamah sekiranya dia bersalah. Beliau juga menggesa SUHAKAM menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan terhadap anggota polis yang terlibat dalam kes ini termasuk pengawai polis yang melakukan keganasan terhadapnya.

SUARAM menggesa SUHAKAM untuk mengadakan inkuiri terhadap kes-kes keganasan dan penyalahgunaan kuasa polis yang diterima olehnya termasuk kes ini. Kami perlu menghentikan situasi rakyat biasa yang sentiasa menjadi mangsa penganiayaian dan seksaan polis ,selalunya kes sebegini terdiri daripada keluarga yang miskin dan kurang berpendidikan.
Bapa kepada Manivanan terpaksa menjualkan kambing ternakannya untuk mendapatkan wang untuk melawat anaknya yang ditahan di Melaka pada masa itu.

Kami amat mengecewa sikap dan kelakuan polis yang buruk terutamanya dari segi penyalahgunaan kuasa yang tidak pernah berubah baik. SUARAM tidak akan berhenti perjuangan untuk mereformasi institusi polis sehingga wujudnya Suruhanjaya Bebas Salahlaku dan Aduan Polis (IPCMC) yang bebas dan adil serta menuntut kerajaan meratifikasikan ‘‘Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment’’(CAT) bawah Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB).

‘‘Memperjuangkan Hak Asasi Manusia!’’

Yap Heng Lung
Penyelaras SUARAM

Hari Pelarian Sedunia: “Pertukaran Suaka” hadiah terburuk untuk pelarian

SUARA RAKYAT MALAYSIA

Address: 433A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah,
46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, Malaysia.
Telephone: +6 03 7784 3525
Fax: +6 03 7784 3526
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.suaram.net

KENYATAAN AKHBAR 20 JUN 2011

Hari Pelarian Sedunia: “Pertukaran Suaka” hadiah terburuk untuk pelarian

SUARAM menyifatkan inisiatif “pertukaran suaka” yang dicadangkan oleh kedua-dua kerajaan Australia dan Malaysia merupakan hadiah terburuk bakal diberikan kepada pelarian dan pemohon suaka di Malaysia sempena Hari Pelarian Sedunia yang disambut hari ini (20 Jun 2011).

Hari ini adalah hari pelarian sedunia dan kedua-dua kerajaan masih lagi mahu meneruskan inisiatif “pertukaran suaka” tersebut walaupun telah mendapat kritikan dari pelbagai pihak termasuk organisasi hak asasi manusia di Malaysia dan Australia dan Pesuruhjaya Tinggi bagi Orang Pelarian, Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (UNHCR).

Hari Pelarian Sedunia merupakan hari dimana masyarakat dunia umumnya dan rakyat Malaysia khasnya memberikan perhatian tentang pengalaman dan keperitan yang dilalui oleh pelarian dan memupuk semangat solidariti dan perkongsian beban di antara manusia.

Namun, Hari Pelarian Sedunia yang disambut di Malaysia pada tahun ini merupakan satu “mimpi ngeri” dan merupakan “hadiah terburuk” yang bakal diberikan kepada pelarian dan pemohon suaka di Malaysia. Inisiatif “pertukaran suaka” merupakan satu inisiatif yang melanggari undang-undang berkaitan pelarian seperti yang diumumkan oleh Pesuruhjaya Tinggi bagi Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu berkaitan Hak Asasi Manusia (OHCHR), Navi Pillay. Ia juga merupakan satu penafian hak bagi individu (pemohon suaka) untuk mendapatkan perlindungan di Australia.

Sebagai sebuah badan hak asasi manusia, kami mempersoalkan di manakah semangat “perkongsian beban” dan tanggungjawab melindungi “hak asasi manusia” yang sering kali dicanangkan oleh kerajaan Malaysia dalam isu Palestine dan Gaza? Adakah usaha membanteras jenayah transnasional ini perlu meminggirkan hak asasi dan keselamatan manusia yang tidak bersalah? Membanteras dan usaha melindungi persempadanan negara ini adalah tanggungjawab kerajaan Malaysia namun itu tidak bukan alasan untuk terus menafikan hak asasi dan tanggungjawab Malaysia untuk melindungi pelarian.

Lebih kurang 93,000 pelarian berdaftar dan ribuan pemohon suaka kini tinggal di Malaysia tanpa perlindungan sewajarnya dan kini bakal diberikan satu lagi “hadiah terburuk” sempena hari bersejarah ini. Pelarian dan pemohon suaka diklasifikasikan sebagai pendatang asing menurut Akta Imigrasi 1959/63 dan boleh ditangkap, ditahan dan dikenakan hukuman termasuk hukuman sebat. Pelarian juga tidak dibenarkan bekerja, akses kepada pendidikan formal dan tinggal dalam keadaan daif.

Sempena hari pelarian sedunia yang disambut hari ini, SUARAM menggesa kerajaan membatalkan inisiatif “pertukaran suaka” bagi menghormati hak pelarian untuk mencari perlindungan suaka di Australia dan tidak menghantar mereka semula ke negara (Malaysia) di mana mereka akan berhadapan layanan buruk. Ia juga bagi menghormati hari pelarian sedunia yang disambut di seluruh pelusok dunia. Kita menggesa kerajaan supaya berhenti memberikan imej buruk kepada negara.

SUARAM juga menggesa kerajaan untuk meratifikasi Konvensyen 1951 berkaitan Status Pelarian dan Protokolnya 1967 bagi member perlindungan formal kepada pelarian dan pemohon suaka di negara ini.

Dikeluarkan oleh,

Andika Wahab
Penyelaras Pelarian
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
0163723699
[email protected]

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PRESS STATEMENT 20 JUNE 2011

World Refugee Day: ‘Asylum Swap’ Horrifying gift for refugees

The proposed asylum swap initiated by the Australian and Malaysian governments is the horrifying gift to be given to refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia in conjunction with World Refugee Day which is celebrated across the world today (20 June 2011).

Today is a historic and important day for refugees and SUARAM is appalled that both governments insist on continuing the asylum swap initiative, despite criticism from various quarters including human rights organizations in Malaysia and Australia as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

World Refugee Day is a day to raise awareness of the situation of refugees and to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees worldwide, of which almost 100,000 are registered refugees in Malaysia, in addition to thousands of asylum-seekers. This is the day we should commemorate them (refugees) and to make public aware about their hardships and misery. It is also to foster the spirit of solidarity and burden-sharing among human beings and not to horrify them.

Instead, the World Refugee Day celebration in Malaysia this year is a ‘nightmare’ and horrifying gift to be given to refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. The proposed initiative, which is yet to be finalized would violate refugee laws according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pillay. It would also violate the international customary law of non-refoulement, which prohibits the return of people to places where they may face persecution or threats to their life or freedoms, as Malaysia has an appalling record when it comes to the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

The Malaysian government is quick enough when it comes to the aid and support of Palestinians and Gaza, but is dismissive when refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia are concerned. The government should not sideline the principles of human rights when combating transnational crimes. Establishing national border protection is the responsibility of the individual state but it does not mean that the Malaysian government should constantly deny the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.

There are more than 93, 000 registered refugees and thousands of asylum seekers now living in Malaysia without proper protection. The refugee swap initiative would cast a shadow on the lives of these already vulnerable people.

Refugees and asylum seekers are classified as illegal immigrants by the Immigration Act 1959/63 and can be arrested, detained and sentenced, which usually involves judicial caning by the authorities. Refugees are not allowed to work legally, have no access to formal education and have poor living conditions.

In conjunction with the World Refugee Day, SUARAM strongly urges both the governments of Malaysia and Australia to withdraw the proposed asylum swap and to respect the rights of asylum seekers to seek asylum and protection. It is also to respect the global refugee day, which is celebrated around the world.

SUARAM also urges the Malaysian government to ratify the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol in order to protect refugees and asylum-seekers living in Malaysia.

Released by,

Andika Wahab
Refugee Coordinator
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
0163723699
[email protected]

World Refugee Day: ‘Asylum Swap’ Horrifying gift for refugees

PRESS STATEMENT 20 JUNE 2011

World Refugee Day: ‘Asylum Swap’ Horrifying gift for refugees

The proposed asylum swap initiated by the Australian and Malaysian governments is the horrifying gift to be given to refugees and asylum-seekers in Malaysia in conjunction with World Refugee Day which is celebrated across the world today (20 June 2011).

Today is a historic and important day for refugees and SUARAM is appalled that both governments insist on continuing the asylum swap initiative, despite criticism from various quarters including human rights organizations in Malaysia and Australia as well as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

World Refugee Day is a day to raise awareness of the situation of refugees and to draw the public’s attention to the millions of refugees worldwide, of which almost 100,000 are registered refugees in Malaysia, in addition to thousands of asylum-seekers. This is the day we should commemorate them (refugees) and to make public aware about their hardships and misery. It is also to foster the spirit of solidarity and burden-sharing among human beings and not to horrify them.

Instead, the World Refugee Day celebration in Malaysia this year is a ‘nightmare’ and horrifying gift to be given to refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia. The proposed initiative, which is yet to be finalized would violate refugee laws according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Navi Pillay. It would also violate the international customary law of non-refoulement, which prohibits the return of people to places where they may face persecution or threats to their life or freedoms, as Malaysia has an appalling record when it comes to the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers.

The Malaysian government is quick enough when it comes to the aid and support of Palestinians and Gaza, but is dismissive when refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia are concerned. The government should not sideline the principles of human rights when combating transnational crimes. Establishing national border protection is the responsibility of the individual state but it does not mean that the Malaysian government should constantly deny the rights of refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia.

There are more than 93, 000 registered refugees and thousands of asylum seekers now living in Malaysia without proper protection. The refugee swap initiative would cast a shadow on the lives of these already vulnerable people.

Refugees and asylum seekers are classified as illegal immigrants by the Immigration Act 1959/63 and can be arrested, detained and sentenced, which usually involves judicial caning by the authorities. Refugees are not allowed to work legally, have no access to formal education and have poor living conditions.

In conjunction with the World Refugee Day, SUARAM strongly urges both the governments of Malaysia and Australia to withdraw the proposed asylum swap and to respect the rights of asylum seekers to seek asylum and protection. It is also to respect the global refugee day, which is celebrated around the world.

SUARAM also urges the Malaysian government to ratify the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol in order to protect refugees and asylum-seekers living in Malaysia.

Released by,

Andika Ab. Wahab
Refugee Coordinator
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
[email protected]
0163723699