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
SUARAM

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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
SUARAM

Malaysian faces execution in Singapore: calling for Clemency for Kho Jabing

JOINT MEDIA RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CLEMENCY APPEAL FOR KHO JABING
Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Malaysian faces execution in Singapore: calling for Clemency for Kho Jabing

Roughly half a year ago, civil societies in Malaysia and Singapore came together to appeal for clemency for Kho Jabing, a Sarawakian on death row in the island state who was recently rescheduled for execution.

On the 13th May 2016, the family was notified that Kho Jabing will be executed on the 20th May 2016. This came as a shock to the family and activists who have campaigned for Kho Jabing’s clemency. Kho Jabing was convicted of murder and sentenced to the mandatory death penalty on 30 July 2010. However, after the 2012 review of the mandatory death penalty laws, on 14 August 2013 the High Court resentenced Kho Jabing to life imprisonment and 24 strokes of the cane. On 14 January 2015, the Court of Appeal re-imposed the death penalty on Kho Jabing in a three-to-two split decision. A last minute appeal admitted on 3 November, three days before his scheduled execution, was dismissed on 5 April 2016.

Kho Jabing and his family have already endured the distress of facing an imminent execution and we are urging the authorities of Malaysia to leave no stone unturned and do their utmost best to advocate with their Singaporean conterparts to spare them further suffering..

In light of these information and the concerns raised last year, we implore the President of Singapore to give due consideration to the aforementioned issues relating to Kho Jabing’s case and grant clemency for Kho Jabing. At the very least, the scheduled execution should be set aside pending the appeal that Kho Jabing’s lawyer intend to submit.

Once again, we implore those in power to take swift action and ensure that this injustice is put to an end. Failure to take swift action to safeguard Kho Jabing’s right would only bring about more unnecessary grief to the family and needless taint on Singapore’s human rights records.

CONTACTS:

Amnesty International Malaysia

D-2-33A, 8 Avenue
Jalan Sungai Jernih 8/1, Section 8
46050 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
T: +603 7955 2680
F: +603 7955 2682
W: amnesty.my
E: [email protected]
Twitter: amnestymy

Civil Rights Committee, KLSCAH

No 1, Jalan Maharajalela
50150 Kuala Lumpur
T: +603 2274 6645
F: +603 2272 4089
W: klscah.org.my

SUARAM

433A, Jalan 5/46, Jalan Gasing Indah
46000 Petaling Jaya
Selangor Darul Ehsan
T: +603 – 7784 3525
F: +603 – 7784 3526
E: [email protected]
Twitter: SUARAM Tweets

Use of Torture in Malaysia Must Be Investigated and Stopped!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn the use of all forms of torture by any individuals, organizations and governments. The use of torture clearly contravenes all recognized international human rights principles and international law.

The appalling revelations brought forward by lawyers and SOSMA detainee is deplorable to say the least. In a world where the use of torture is internationally condemned and rejected, the possibility where that Government of Malaysia is unofficially or inadvertently complicit in the use of torture must be investigated and ascertained.

While reports that torture was systematically used against Internal Security Act 1960 (ISA) detainees were prevalent, such practices were thought to be a relic of the past with the abolishment of the ISA. The reports submitted by the lawyers and SOSMA detainees makes it clear that the use of torture is not a relic of a past but a tool of the present!

Acknowledging the severe emotional and physical trauma that torture would inflict upon individuals and the implications to the integrity of the criminal justice system of Malaysia, SUARAM calls upon Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) and the Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission (EAIC) to conduct immediate investigations into the alleged use of torture by the authorities. These revelations also suggest that the existing mechanism for accountability and compliance is insufficient and that the IPCMC is very much needed for accountability and compliance with international standards.

SUARAM demand that the Government of Malaysia establish a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the use of torture in Malaysia and issue a clear statement condemning the use of torture by any enforcement agencies.

Further, SUARAM believes that the use of torture can only take place in the absence of judicial oversight and transparent investigation procedures. For the use of torture to be put to an end, laws such the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA), Prevention of Terrorism Act 2015 (POTA) and Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 (DDA) that gives room for torture to take place must be abolished!

Lastly, SUARAM demand that the Government of Malaysia to sign and ratify the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (UNCAT).

Failure to do so would imply that the Government of Malaysia officially condones and uphold the use of torture in Malaysia contrary to its obligations under international human rights and international law!

 

In solidarity,
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

SERAHAN MEMORANDUM MENUNTUT KEADILAN BAGI KEMATIAN DALAM TAHANAN SYED MOHAMED AZLAN

Setahun yang lepas, SUARAM telah mengeluarkan kenyataan media menggesa pihak polis yang terlibat dalam kematian dalam tahanan Syed Mohamed Azlan agar dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

Jika merujuk kepada artikel MalaysiaKini yang bertajuk “Polis: Kematian Tahanan Mati Mengejut” yang menyatakan bahawa Syed Mohamed Azlan mati secara mengejut adalah satu penipuan besar kepada rakyat Malaysia. Bagaimana mungkin si mati mati secara mengejut apabila pada tubuh badan si mati terdapat 61 kesan kecederaan termasuk luka, lebam dan calar pada tubuh mangsa termasuk muka, badan dan kedua-dua belah kaki.

Setahun yang lepas juga, Ketua Siasatan Jenayah Johor, Datuk Hasnan Hassan membuat penipuan apabila menyatakan bahawa terdapat pergelutan berlaku antara si mati dengan pihak polis semasa tangkapan dilakukan. Bagaimanapun di dalam laporan EAIC, hasil keterangan saksi langsung tidak dinyatakan sebarang pergelutan berlaku.

Sebaliknya, semasa penangkapan berlaku salah seorang saksi yang dikenali sebagai A29 (rujuk laporan EAIC), yang ketika itu berada serumah dengan mangsa, telah diarahkan oleh pihak polis untuk membasuh lantai bilik tempat kejadian. A29 juga telah diarahkan oleh pihak polis supaya menyembunyikan diri selepas kejadian kematian si mati.

Merujuk kepada kenyataan Datuk Hasnan Hassan juga, suspek dikatakan secara tiba-tiba mengalami sesak nafas dan dibawa ke Klinik Kesihatan Bandar Penawar. Sedangkan berdasarkan laporan yang dikemukakan oleh EAIC semasa si mati dalam perjalanan ke IPD Kota Tinggi dari Balai Polis Sungai Rengit, anggota polis yang mengiringi si mati mendapati si mati berada dalam keadaan lemah dan tidak bermaya serta tidak memberi sebarang respon apabila dipanggil.

Seterusnya, Datuk Hasnan cuba untuk mengelirukan laporan bedah siasat dengan memberi kenyataan bahawa bedah siasat dilakukan di Hospital Sultan Ismail tetapi pada yang sama menyatakan kes ini disiasat di bawah laporan mati mengejut tanpa memaklumkan keputusan laporan bedah siasat.

Si mati mati 3 November 2014, manakala kenyataan beliau pada 25 November 2014, sepatutnya dalam tempoh tersebut beliau telahpun mengetahui bahawa si mati mati kerana dipukul pihak polis dan bukannya secara mengejut tetapi beliau tidak mahu mendedahkan perkara yang sebenar.

Tindakan ini menunjukkan pihak polis cuba untuk menutup kesalahan yang telah mereka lakukan. Disebabkan mereka mempunyai kuasa untuk menahan dan membuat siasatan kes kematian dalam tahanan seperti ini, kebarangkalian untuk penipuan atau pemalsuan bukti itu adalah tinggi. Khususnya atas sebab untuk menjaga nama baik institusi polis.

SUARAM menggesa agar pihak polis membuat pembahbaikan seperti mana yang dicadangkan oleh EAIC. Antara yang paling penting adalah jika berlaku kecederaan fizikal pada suspek semasa penangkapan berlaku, maka suspek perlulah dirujuk atau dihantarkan ke Pegawai Perubatan Kerajaan bagi memastikan tahap keseriusan kecederaan serta status kesihatan suspek tersebut.

Dalam kes kematian ke-10 tahun ini iaitu seorang warga Nigeria bernama Ikechukwu Bright Ogundu yang mati pada 23 September 2015 di Balai Polis Mutiara Damansara yang dikatakan telah melakukan serangan kepada seorang wanita di salah satu lif di Apartment Flora Damansara. Dia telah ditahan dan dipukul oleh 20 hingga 30 orang awam sebelum diserahkan kepada pihak polis.

Pegawai polis yang menahan si mati terus membawanya ke balai polis tanpa mendapatkan sebarang rawatan walaupun memang diakui terdapat kecederaan di belah kanan kepala dan calar kaki dan tangan si mati kerana dipukul oleh orang awam. Tidak sampai sejam tiba di Balai Polis Mutiara Damansara si mati tiba-tiba jatuh dan mati.

SUARAM juga melihat saranan EAIC untuk memasukkan peruntukkan anggapan yang akan meletakkan beban bukti ke atas pihak yang mempunyai jagaan dan kawalan ke atas orang tahanan sebagai bertanggungan ke atas kecederaan atau kematian orang tahanan sehingga diakaskan atau dibuktikan sebaliknya sebagai satu cadangan yang praktikal. Ia akan memaksa pihak polis untuk melakukan siasatan agar pihak polis yang terbabit dibawa ke muka pengadilan.

SUARAM menggesa pihak polis untuk membawa pegawai polis yang terlibat ke mahkamah untuk diadili agar pihak yang bertanggungjawab atas kematian ini tidak dibiarkan bebas sewenang-wenangnya. SUARAM akan menghantar memorandum kepada pihak Ibu Pejabat Polis Bukit Aman pada esok hari iaitu 4 November 2015 (Rabu) jam 11.00 am.

SUARAM menyeru agar rakyat Malaysia hadir menyatakan sokongan bagi memastikan pihak polis segera mengambil tindakan dan jangan cuba untuk menyembunyikan pegawai yang melakukan kesalahan.

Malaysian Civil Societies and NGOs Joint Press Statement on SOSMA

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JOINT PRESS STATEMENT

Malaysian Civil Society Strongly Condemns the Abuse of SOSMA by PDRM

Malaysian Civil Society strongly condemns the high-handed action of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) in detaining Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan under the Special Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

Originally presented by the government as a national security and anti-terrorism measure, SOSMA provides for up to 28 days’ of detention without trial. There is no allegation or evidence of Khairuddin having any credible terrorist background. Instead, the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has made it clear that Khairuddin was arrested for lodging reports with investigators in Hong Kong, Switzerland, France and the United Kingdom over the financial scandal involving 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Adding to the abuse of power is the fact that Khairuddin was arrested immediately when he was released by the court after six days’ remand following arrest on Friday 18 September under section 124C of the Penal Code for “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”. His re-arrest under SOSMA was under sections 124K and 124L of the Penal Code, which deal with sabotage and attempting to sabotage the state. If found guilty under 124K he faces life imprisonment.

This pattern of arrest and re-arrest following attempts in seeking justice and information on 1MDB through other jurisdictions clearly signals persecution by the state.

Detention without trial is highly repulsive to all democratic nations, the detention of political dissenters under such repressive legislation further highlights SOSMA’s unbridled scope for abuse under its draconian measures.

Clamp down on whistle-blowers

The detention of Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan under SOSMA has undermined whatever progress Malaysia has made from the dark days of Operasi Lalang. The conduct of the Royal Malaysian Police can be seen as a pathetic attempt to answer the call of its political masters in the current turmoil. The failure to obtain the court’s permission in extension of the remand and the failure to produce any legitimate charge despite the time available for the police should have been a sufficient notice for the police to cease and desist from their harassment against Khairuddin. The decision to re-arrest Khairuddin under SOSMA immediately after the court decision to deny the extension of Khairuddin’s remand shows the true colours of the Royal Malaysian Police. The deplorable course of action shows callous disregard for the rule of law and the role played by the judiciary in the Malaysian legal system.

Corruption by any governmental body is a grave threat against the economic stability of any nation state. Further, in an environment rife with corruption, rule of law that serves as the cornerstone for any democratic nation cannot be practiced. To ensure the continuity and survival of Malaysia as a democratic state, those who have committed act of corruption must not be left unscathed. Allowing those who have conducted themselves in a corrupt manner only allows them to act with impunity and emboldens them to further destabilize and damage the beautiful country that our forefathers have built.

Can PDRM be impartial?

If we account for the gravity of the allegations made in relation to the 1MDB scandal and the great sum in question (RM 2.6billon and rising), it does not take a savant to understand that transparent and impartial investigation by all agencies involved is paramount in ensuring that the truth would prevail and justice would be served. With this in mind, the Malaysian Civil Society seek to remind PDRM of their duties and suggest that they conduct themselves in an impartial and respectable manner and provide adequate assistance to facilitate the investigation. As fellow Malaysians, the PDRM owe themselves and the country a moral and legal duty to act in an impartial manner. The potential economic damage of the alleged corruption revolving around 1MDB is not something that can be brushed off with a wave of a hand and the detention of individuals. Any attempt to further subjugate investigation would only come back to haunt Malaysians today and our future generations. As fellow Malaysians, members of the PDRM would not be safe from the repercussion and fallout from a failed investigation into the 1MDB scandal.

PDRM must be acutely aware of the role that they play and the power they hold in such times. PDRM should strive to be the independent and impartial police force that Malaysia desperately need and cease to be a political tool of those who walk the corridors of power. The decision to detain Khairuddin under SOSMA as part of this ongoing 1MDB scandal shows the world the desperation by those who walk to corridors of power today. PDRM should not debase themselves and serve as tools of such despicable acts.

Political Arrest

To the Government of Malaysia, it is clear that the promises made when SOSMA was first tabled in parliament were nothing but false promises to the people of Malaysia. The Government of Malaysia have clearly reneged on their promises and turned SOSMA into the vengeful spectre of ISA. Detention without trial on its own is repulsive enough that any individual that value freedom in a democratic nation cannot in good conscience be agreeable to legislations that grants such power to enforcement agencies and the government. The application of such measures against political dissenter marks the danger of SOSMA in modern Malaysia and cannot be anything less than a first step back to the dark ages of ISA. The chilling experience and lesson from the dark days of Operasi Lalang should have been a sufficient lesson for all. Lest concrete actions are taken, Malaysia would undoubtedly sink back to the dark days of ISA.

The act of Khairuddin as a whistle-blower does not make him a threat to Parliamentary democracy of Malaysia. If anything at all, his action should be taken as a concern for the

state of affairs in Malaysia and plea for international intervention into a corrupted and failing system. The acts of intimidation through detention under SOSMA would not preserve the national sovereignty of Malaysia. Such acts would only act as a deterrent to potential whistle-blowers that seek to inform Malaysians of the wrongdoing of others. The act of penalizing the messenger and not the wrongdoer cannot be the Malaysian way of tackling wrong-doing in Malaysia. With this in mind, we call for the Government of Malaysia to enact adequate protection of whistle-blowers and cease its detention and harassments against whistle-blowers.

Legal and moral duty of the government

On this note, we, the Civil Society Organisations of Malaysia would like to remind the government of the Right to Liberty of Person guaranteed under the Article 5 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia and the Right to Freedom of Expression provided for under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. These are rights that are paramount to the continuity of the democratic practices valued by all Malaysians. Any actions to subjugate these values and rights would by default be the true threat against Parliamentary democracy. Irrespective of the prevailing threats by various quarters, the rights paramount to the practice of democracy in Malaysia must never be subject to undue control. The Government of Malaysia would do well to remember the freedoms provided for and guaranteed by Federal Constitution of Malaysia must not be denied to Malaysians with such callousness and apathy.

May we also remind the Government of Malaysia of the obligation of Malaysia as part of the international community. As a member state of the United Nation and a representative in United Nation Security Council, the Government of Malaysia have the legal and moral duty to adhere to the human rights values espoused by international norms and the human rights conventions that they have signed. Further as a member of the United Nation Security Council, Malaysia must conduct itself in a manner that would make Malaysia an exemplary model for human rights for the rest of the world. This can only be achieved if the Government of Malaysia conduct itself in a respectable manner that would not put the nation to shame.

As a society of conscience, we Civil Society Organisations of Malaysia beseech our fellow citizens of Malaysia from all walks of life to unite against these irresponsible and reprehensible actions by governmental agencies. In these trying times, Malaysians must stand in solidarity against these actions that threaten to undo the effort of our forefathers and destroy all that we love and cherish. Malaysian Civil Society must take up the mantle of leadership in such times and show our dissent against such vile and deplorable actions by governmental agencies. Like the anti-Nazi movement at the height of the third Reich, the citizens of Malaysia have a similar duty to show the world that not all Malaysians are content with the present state of affairs and that we will not permit such acts of impunity against the rule of law and personal freedom.

Endorsed by:

Akademi Belia

ALIRAN

All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)

Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (WargaAMAN)

BERSIH 2.0

Persatuan Kesedaran Kommuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

ENGAGE

Federation of Malaysian Indian Organisation (PRIMA)

Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia

Gerakan Hapuskan Akta Hasutan (GHAH)

Institute Rakyat

Islamic Renaissance Front

Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS)

Kajian Politik untuk Perubuhan (KPRU)

KL Tak Nak Insinerator (KTI)

Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)

Malaysians Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA)

Malaysian Physicians For Social Responsibility

Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)

National Human Rights Society (HAKAM)

Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)

NGO: SHIELD

Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI)

Perak Women for Women Society (PWW)

Persatuan Rapat Malaysia (RAPAT)

PROHAM

Project Dialog

Pusat KOMAS

Sahabat Rakyat 人民之友

Saccess

SAVE Rivers

Sisters in Islam (SIS)

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

Teoh Beng Hock Trust for Democracy

The Malaysian Youth and Students’ Democratic Movement (DEMA)

The Selangor & Kuala Lumpur Foundry & Engineering Industries Association (SFEIA)

Tindak Malaysia

University of Malaya Association of New Youth (UMANY)