Launch of Suaram Human Rights Overview 2014: A New Low for Human Rights Under Najib’s Administration

SUARAM is pleased to launch its 2014 Human Rights Overview of Malaysia today in conjunction with the International Human Rights Day, which falls on December 10. The overview can be downloaded here. (please right click on link and select “save link as”)

 

 

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The Overview concludes that the year 2014 represents a new low for human rights in Malaysia under Najib’s administration, characterized by the increased repression on freedom of expression, assembly and association, detention without trial back into business as usual, free falling of international rankings on trafficking of persons and worst country for migrant workers and epitomized by the prime minister’s infamous about-turn decision on his public promises to repeal the Sedition Act at the UMNO General Assembly.

SUARAM wishes to highlight six major trends developed in 2014 that are worrying and warrant immediate actions from the government and the general public to halt their development.

Firstly, the increase of racial and religious hate speech by right wing groups such as Perkasa and Isma. Such incitements are no longer only coming from the government or ruling parties’ politicians. Despite their incitement of hatred and violence, these non-state actors have enjoyed a free reign in threatening and intimidating other racial and religious minorities with almost total impunity under Najib’s administration. This is in stark contradiction to the moderation that has been preached by the prime minister at international high profile meetings. Suaram warns that if no action is taken to halt such development by the government, such trends will not only undermine freedom of religion and racial equality, but will eventually go out of hand and destroy the social fabric of the multi-ethnic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society of Malaysia.

Secondly, with prime minister Najib Razak caved in to the right wing groups, Sedition Act has been invoked arbitrarily to investigate or charge or convict 44 individuals in 2014 who were allegedly challenged the monarchy, Islam, the Malay special positions, the government and the judiciary when they merely exercising their right to freedom of expression. The chilling effects of the Sedition Act have harmed freedom of expression, which is crucial for a functioning democracy.

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Thirdly, 2014 saw the return of detention without trial in full force, following the introduction of the Security Offences (Special Preventive Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) and the Prevention of Crime (Amendment) Act 2013 (POCA), essentially replacing the abolished Internal Security Act 1960 and the Emergency (Public order and Prevention of Crime) Ordinance 1969. In 2014, through to November, 31 people have been detained under SOSMA, bringing the total to 146 since SOSMA came into force. Another 116 were reportedly detained without trial under POCA in the first month of POCA came into force in April 2014 while no official figures was given by the government on those detained under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985. More injustice is expected to take place under detention without trial in the coming years.

Fourthly, the Malaysian police continued to operate with little oversight with the continued resistance of the government in establishing the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC). To make matter worse, even the ineffective Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission (EAIC) was without chairperson and commissioners between April and November 2014, effectively rendered the commission a defunct institution. Meanwhile, 13 cases of death in police custody were reported in the year through November, a figure similar as in 2013 despite the announcement of establishing of coroner’s court in every state by the de facto law minister Nancy Shukri in April. The institutional reform of the police force introduced under Najib’s administration has thus far failed to hold the police force accountable for corruption and abuse of power.

Fifthly, there have been increased attacks on the right to freedom of association of civil society and opposition parties, leading to the shrinking space and environment for organizing dissent. The intimidation launched by the Home Ministry and the Registrar of Society on the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO), Negara-ku, Sarawak Association for Peoples’ Aspiration (SAPA), Sisters in Islam (SIS) in 2014 is a continuation of such trend of intimidation of Bersih 2.0 and Suaram in 2013.

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Finally, 2014 is a disastrous year for non-citizen in Malaysia as well. Refugees, migrant workers, and victims of trafficking continued to be treated terribly, a fact which was highlighted in Malaysia drop in ranking in the US State Department’s Annual “Trafficking in Persons” Report to tier three and its poor showing in the “Global Rights Index: The World’s Worst Countries for Workers,” where Malaysia was ranked alongside Laos, Cambodia, Qatar, North Korea, and Zimbabwe.

Suaram urges the government to take immediate actions in stopping and reversing the above six major trends of human rights violations. This should include, but not limited to, a thorough and comprehensive law reform of all outdated legislations; legislate the necessary law such as freedom of information law, anti-torture law and refugee law; ratify all major international human rights treaties; establish the necessary independent institutions such as the Independent Police Complaint and Misconduct Commission and Equality Commission; put in place a National Human Rights Action Plan; carry out nation-wide human rights education program; etc.

Suaram also calls on the silent majority of fellow Malaysians who love peace and harmony, who cherish human dignity and fundamental liberties, who value democracy, who treasure the richness of multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-cultural society, to rise up and speak out against human rights violations. The silent majority cannot afford to sit idle anymore while watching the development of our beloved country being held ransom by a small group of extremists.

For inquiry, please contact:
Mr. Yap Swee Seng, Executive Director, tel: +60 12 2015272 or email: [email protected]
Ms. Serene Lim, Documentation and Monitoring Coordinator, tel: +60 12 5477989 or email: [email protected]

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Malaysia: Repeal the Sedition Law and stop the crackdown on freedom of expression

 

FIDH – International Federation for Human Rights

and its member organization in Malaysia

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)

Joint Press Release

Paris, Kuala Lumpur, 25 September 2014: The Malaysian government must immediately repeal the 1948 Sedition Law and stop its ongoing crackdown on freedom of expression, FIDH and its member organization Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) said today.

On 23 September, police announced they would question opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim on 26 September as part of a sedition investigation stemming from a speech he made during a political rally in Gombak, Selangor State, on 25 March 2011. Anwar is the latest victim of a government-backed campaign that has targeted opposition politicians and government critics.

Since May 2013, 19 people, including five MPs, activists, and an academic, have been charged under the Sedition Law. At least 28 more people, including a journalist, three lawyers, and two MPs, have been investigated under the same law.

The Sedition Law is a relic of the past which has no place in modern Malaysia. It clearly falls short of international standards on freedom of expression and must be urgently repealed,” FIDH President Karim Lahidji urged. “The Sedition Law’s overly broad scope and outdated provisions have become an effective tool to silence legitimate voices of dissent,” he added.

The 1948 Sedition Law criminalizes any speech or publication that has a “seditious tendency.” The same law defines “seditious tendency” as one that: 1) causes “hatred or contempt” or disaffection against the government; 2) incites the “alteration, otherwise than by lawful means, of any matter as by law established;” 3) promotes “feelings of ill will and hostility between different races.”

“Just as the British used the Sedition Law to quell opposition against their colonial rule, the current administration uses that law to target its opponents,” said SUARAM Executive Director Yap Swee Seng. “It is very troubling to see that the government continues to hold the civil liberties of the Malaysian people hostage to a law enacted over 60 years ago when the United Kingdom abolished the offenses of sedition and seditious libel in 2010,” he added.

On 11 July 2012, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stated that the Sedition Law would be repealed as part of planned legislative reforms. On 2 July 2013, Najib maintained that the Sedition Law would be repealed and replaced by a new National Harmony Act. Most recently, Najib reiterated his commitment for repeal on 5 September 2014.

However, his pledges remain unfulfilled and the number of prosecutions for sedition has increased sharply in recent times. Over the past month alone, seven people have been charged under the Sedition Law.

In addition, in September two activists were sentenced to prison terms on sedition charges. On 5 September, a Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur sentenced student activist Safwan Anang, 24, to 10 months in prison under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Law. Safwan was found guilty of sedition for inciting the public to topple the government in a speech he made at the Kuala Lumpur-Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur on 13 May 2013. Safwan was released on 15,000 ringgit (US$4,750) bail pending appeal.

On 19 September, a Session Court in Kuala Lumpur sentenced student activist Adam Adli, 25, to one year in prison under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Law. Adam was found guilty of sedition for statements he made on 13 May 2013, when he urged people to protest against the hotly disputed general election results. Adam was released on 5,000 ringgit (US$1,583) bail pending appeal.

The convictions of Safwan Anang and Adam Ali follow a high profile conviction on sedition charges earlier in the year. On 21 February, the Kuala Lumpur High Court found Karpal Singh, then Chairman of the Democratic Action Party (DAP), guilty under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Law. On 11 March, the same court sentenced him to a 4,000 ringgit (US$1,220) fine. Karpal Singh died in a car accident on 17 April.

Press contacts:

Andrea Giorgetta (English) – Tel: +66 88 6117722 (Bangkok)

Arthur Manet (French, English, Spanish) – Tel: +33 6 72 28 42 94 (Paris)

Audrey Couprie (French, English, Spanish) – Tel: +33 6 48 05 91 57 (Paris)

Yap Swee Seng (English, Bahasa Malaysia, Mandarin) – Tel: +60 12 2015272 (Kuala Lumpur)

 

IGP CUBA PESONGKAN FAKTA MENGENAI DDA 1985

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SUARAM

KENYATAAN MEDIA: 22 SEPTEMBER 2014

IGP CUBA PESONGKAN FAKTA MENGENAI DDA 1985

Suaram mengecam kenyataan balas yang dikeluarkan oleh Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar terhadap kenyataan media Suaram yang menuntut agar Akta Dadah Berbahaya (langkah-langkah Pencegahan Khas) 1985, (DDA 1985) dimansuhkan.

 

Portal The Malaysian Insider bertarikh 19 September telah memetik tulisan Khalid di laman sosial Twiter beliau yang cuba menggambarkan pemansuhkan DDA 1985 akan menyebabkan jenayah dadah berbahaya berleluasa. Beliau juga cuba menggambarkan penjenayah akan bergembira apabila DDA 1985 dimansuhkan.

 

Suaram menganggap kenyataan yang dikeluarkan Khalid ini sebagai kenyataan kosong, tidak ilmiah dan menunjukkan sifat sombong Ketua Polis Negara. Kenyataan Khalid ini juga menunjukkan beliau merupakan seorang yang tidak perihatin terhadap hak asasi manusia.

 

Suaram menegaskan bahawa Suaram menyokong sebarang usaha dalam membanteras jenayah dadah demi keselamatan awam, namun usaha tersebut mestilah selari dengan prinsip hak asasi manusia.

 

Terdapat perkara-perkara fundamental yang dibangkitkan Suaram langsung tidak disentuh oleh Khalid. Sebagai contohnya, beliau tidak menjawab persoalan mengenai DDA 1985 mencabuli hak asasi manusia dengan menghalalkan penahanan tanpa perbicaraan. Seksyen 6 DDA 1985 memberi kuasa kepada Menteri untuk menahan seseorang selama dua tahun tanpa dibuktikan bersalah oleh Mahkamah. Bukankah ini menyanggahi prinsip ‘Natural Justice’ yang menetapkan seseorang itu perlu dianggap tidak bersalah selagi tidak dibuktikan bersalah oleh mahkamah?

 

Khalid juga tidak menjawab fakta yang menunjukkan DDA 1985 gagal menangani jenayah dadah berbahaya apabila jumlah tahanan yang ditangkap dibawah kesalahan dadah berbahaya terus meningkat dari tahun ke tahun. Pada tahun 2011, jumlah pesalah yang ditangkap adalah seramai 111, 719 orang dan jumlah ini meningkat kepada 116, 740 orang pada tahun 2012. Pada tahun 2013, Jumlah ini terus meningkat apabila 129, 250 ditangkap.  Apakah Khalid tidak sedar mengenai angka-angka ini atau beliau sengaja ingin menyembunyikan fakta demi mengekalkan kuasa arbitrari  Polis dalam DDA 1985.

 

Khalid juga tidak menjawab apabila Suaram mempersoalkan mengenai proses siasatan Polis yang dijalankan ke atas tahanan DDA 1985. Suaram membangkitkan kerisauan mengenai kemungkinan berlaku penderaan terhadap tahanan DDA 1985,memandangkan DDA 1985 juga memiliki peruntukan seperti ISA  yang membenarkan Polis menahan seseorang selama 60 hari untuk tujuan siasatan. Berdasarkan testimoni bekas tahanan ISA, dalam tempoh 60 hari ini terdapat dalam kalangan mereka yang diseksa bagi memaksa mereka membuat pengakuan.

 

Suaram juga mempertikai kejujuran Khalid apabila beliau seolah-olah cuba menggambarkan hanya DDA 1985 mampu membanteras jenayah dadah berbahaya di Negara ini. Sedangkan Negara kita sudah memiliki undang-undang lain seperti Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1952 (DDA 1952) yang mampu menangani jenayah dadah berbahaya. Apa yang lebih penting ialah, DDA 1952 tidak memiliki peruntukan tahan tanpa bicara sekaligus memberi peluang orang yang dituduh membela diri di Mahkamah.

 

Oleh itu, Suaram menyeru agar Ketua Polis Negara bersikap jujur terhadap rakyat Malaysia dan bersikap lebih perihatin dalam memastikan hak asasi manusia terus dipelihara.

 

Sekian.

 

Syukri Razab

MANSUHKAN PENAHANAN TANPA BICARA, JANGAN PERBAHARUI DDA 1985

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KENYATAAN MEDIA BERSAMA: 19 SEPTEMBER 2014

MANSUHKAN PENAHANAN TANPA BICARA, JANGAN PERBAHARUI DDA 1985

 

Akta Dadah Berbahaya (Langkah-langkah Pencegahan Khas) 1985 atau dikenali sebagai DDA 1985 digubal pada tahun 1985 dengan tujuan untuk menangani jenayah dadah berbahaya. DDA 1985 digubalkan di bawah Perkara 149 Perlembagaan Persekutuan, iaitu kuasa yang membenarkan Parlimen membuat undang-undang tanpa perlu patuh kepada prinsip kebebasan asasi yang terkandung dalam Perkara 5,9,10 dan 13 demi menjaga keselamatan awam.

Menurut laporan Agensi Anti Dadah Kebangsaan, pada tahun 2013, seramai 813 orang telah ditahan di bawah DDA 1985.

 

Seksyen 1(3) DDA 1985 menyatakan akta ini memiliki tamat tempoh (Sunset Clause) iaitu setiap lima tahun sekali. Bermula daripada tarikh akta ini diwartakan, ia perlu diperbaharui setiap lima tahun sekali. Seksyen 1(4) pula menyatakan Parlimen perlu memutuskan samada ingin meneruskan atau membiarkan akta ini terluput dengan sendirinya.

 

Jun 2015 akan menjadi tarikh luput bagi DDA 1985 setelah akta tersebut diperbaharui pada tahun 2010. Oleh itu Suaram berharap Kerajaan Malaysia dan Ahli Parlimen dapat membuat penilaian yang sewajarnya bagi memastikan akta ini tidak lagi disambung hayat sekaligus berhenti mencabuli hak asasi manusia.

 

MENGAPA DDA 1985 PERLU DIMANSUHKAN?

 

1. DDA 1985 Mencabuli Hak Asasi Manusia.

 

Hak Asasi Manusia merupakan tonggak penting dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan. Hak-hak ini diperuntukan dalam bahagian Kebebasan Asasi iaitu Perkara 5 hingga 13.

 

Penafian Perkara-perkara ini menyebabkan individu yang ditangkap dibawah DDA 1985 boleh ditahan tanpa dibicarakan. Malah seseorang itu boleh ditangkap secara arbitrari tanpa waran dan tanpa diberitahu sebab-sebab tangkapan. Setelah ditangkap, individu tersebut boleh ditahan sehingga 60 hari mengikut Seksyen 3(2) DDA 1985 tanpa perlu mendapatkan reman mahkamah terlebih dahulu.

 

Apa yang lebih penting ialah, individu yang ditahan di bawah DDA 1985 akan hilang hak untuk mendapat pembelaan yang adil di Mahkamah. Seksyen 6 DDA 1985 memberi kuasa kepada Menteri untuk mengeluarkan Perintah Tahanan atau Perintah Sekatan tanpa perlu orang yang ditahan dibicarakan di Mahkamah. Ini bermaksud, DDA 1985 telah mematikan fungsi mahkamah dan fungsi tersebut telah diambil alih oleh Menteri.

 

Oleh itu, boleh dikatakan DDA 1985 telah menyebabkan seseorang itu dihukum tanpa dibuktikan bersalah oleh mahkamah. Perkara seperti ini sepatutnya tidak boleh berlaku lagi dalam sebuah Negara yang menjulang Perlembangaan dan demokrasi.

 

2. DDA 1985 Tidak Mengurangkan Kesalahan Dadah Berbahaya Di Malaysia.

 

Sejak tahun 2008 sehingga 2013, statistik yang dikeluarkan oleh Agensi Anti Dadah Kebangsaan (AADK) menunjukkan bilangan yang ditangkap di bawah kesalahan dadah berbahaya terus meningkat.

 

Pada tahun 2011, jumlah pesalah yang ditangkap bagi kesalahan Dadah Berbahaya adalah seramai 111, 719 orang. Manakala jumlah tangkapan meningkat  pada tahun 2012 menjadi 116, 740 orang. Pada tahun 2013, Jumlah tangkapan terus meningkat dengan menyaksikan seramai 129, 250 ditangkap.

 

Peningkatan secara berterusan ini menunjukkan DDA 1985 gagal menjadi mekanisme yang berkesan dalam menangani kesalahan dadah berbahaya di Malaysia.

 

3. Tidak Wujud Transparensi Cara Siasatan Polis Dalam Tempoh Siasatan.

 

Menurut peruntukkan di bawah DDA 1985, seseorang yang ditangkap boleh ditahan selama 60 hari bagi tujuan siasatan. Walaubagaimanapun, bentuk siasatan yang dijalankan oleh pihak Polis dalam tempoh ini masih tidak jelas.

 

Bentuk siasatan yang tidak jelas ini menimbulkan kerisauan tentang bagaimana sebenarnya operasi standard pihak Polis dalam menjalankan siasatan. Kerisauan ini timbul ekoran fakta-fakta yang pernah direkodkan oleh bekas tahanan Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). Seperti DDA 1985, ISA juga memberi kuasa kepada pihak Polis untuk menahan seseorang selama 60 bagi tujuan siasatan. Berdasarkan testimoni yang diperolehi daripada bekas tahanan ISA, dalam tempoh 60 hari tersebut terdapat dalam kalangan mereka yang diseksa oleh pihak Polis bagi memaksa mereka membuat pengakuan.

 

Menurut laporan Malaysiakini bertarikh 18 Jun 2012 yang bertajuk ‘Nota Mengharukan dari Kamunting’,  antara bentuk seksaan yang pernah dialami tahanan ISA termasuklah dibogelkan, dipukul beramai-ramai, kemaluan dicucuh api rokok dan seluruh bada dilumur dengan cili boh.

 

Oleh itu adalah dikhuatiri jika perkara yang sama berlaku terhadap tahanan DDA 1985 kerana bentuk siasatan Polis tidak pernah didedahkan kepada umum.

 

4.  Wujud Undang-Undang Lain Yang Lebih Komprehensif

 

Pihak Polis sering beralasan bahawa sukar untuk mendapatkan bukti untuk mensabitkan seseorang itu dengan jenayah dadah berbahaya kerana pesalah licik untuk menyelamatkan diri. Oleh itu undang-undang tahan tanpa bicara perlu digunakan.

 

Namun alasan ini tidak wajar digunakan untuk merasionalkan pencabulan hak asasi kerana sudah menjadi tanggungjawab pihak Polis untuk melakukan siasatan terperinci. Apakah pihak Polis cuba mengatakan institusi Polis di Malaysia tidak mampu menjalankan siasatan walaupun sudah memiliki kelengkapan yang cukup baik?

 

Dalam masa yang sama, wujud undang-undang lain yang lebih komprehensif dalam menangani kesalahan dadah yang mengguna pakai Seksyen 117 Kanun Prosedur Jenayah. Hal ini menyebabkan hak-hak orang yang ditahan akan sentiasa terjaga seperti hak untuk tidak ditahan melebihi tempoh reman 14 hari

 

Apa yang lebih penting ialah, orang yang ditangkap di bawah undang-undang yang lain akan berpeluang untuk membela diri di Mahkamah.

 

TUNTUTAN

 

Berdasarkan justifikasi yang telah diberikan di atas, maka kami mengusulkan tuntutan berikut:

 

1. Mansuhkan DDA 1985.

 

Kerajaan Malaysia perlu memansuhkan DDA 1985 dengan cara tidak membentangkan usul pelanjutan akta tersebut di Parlimen. Dengan cara ini DDA 1985 akan secara automatik termansuh dengan sendirinya.

 

Sekiranya Kerajaan tetap ingin membentang usul pelanjutan DDA 1985, maka kami menuntut seluruh Ahli Parlimen tidak bersetuju dengan usul tersebut.

 

2. Bebaskan Tahanan DDA 1985.

 

Semua tahanan DDA 1985 perlu dibebaskan dan disiasat menggunakan undang-undang yang lebih adil dan patuh hak asasi manusia.

 

Disokong oleh:

 

  1. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
  2. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section (KLSCAH Youth)
  3. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & KL
  4. Lawyer For Liberty (LFL)
  5. Pertubuhan Ikram Malaysia (IKRAM)
  6. Lensa Anak Muda Malaysia (LENSA)
  7. Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM)
  8. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)
  9. Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM)
  10. Kelab Bangsar Utama (KBU)
  11. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
  12. Malaysia Youth and Student Democratic Movement (DEMA)

Sarawak State Government Should Halt Dam Building and Review SCORE

For immediate release

8 July 2014

Joint Statement

Sarawak State Government Should Halt Dam Building and Review SCORE

 

We the undersigned NGOs, condemn the statement made by Sarawak’s Chief Minister Adenan Satem on 2nd July 2014 (Source: The Malaysian Insider) that he will push ahead with Sarawak’s dam building plans despite growing opposition.

 

In an outrageous lack of respect for human rights, the Chief Minister stated that ‘there is no stopping these programmes whether the non-governmental organisations in the state agreed or not, it will continue with the policy started by his predecessor, Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’.

 

The Sarawak state government plans to build 10-12 more dams by 2020.

 

His statement is far from democratic and it shows that the state government is not showing interest in looking into the concerns of indigenous peoples on their land rights, environmental and social issues connected to the government’s relocation plan. In fact, Adenan’s statement goes against recent recommendations in a report by former UN Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples, James Anaya who urged states to:

 

‘ensure good-faith consultations with indigenous peoples on extractive activities that would affect them and engage in efforts to reach agreement or consent. In any event, the State remains bound to respect and protect the rights of indigenous peoples and must ensure that other applicable safeguards are implemented as well, in particular steps to minimize or offset any limitation on the rights through environmental and social impact assessments, measures of mitigation, compensation and benefit sharing’

 

The livelihood of the communities will be affected if the state government continues to proceed with their plans to build more dams in Sarawak. The rampant exploitation of forest resources has been high on the government agenda since the 1980s. This was initially through logging, but more recently has included land conversion to oil palm plantations and other large projects including hydroelectric dams.

 

Many indigenous peoples have been displaced by dams in Malaysia. Communities are concerned about loss of fish and other aquatic species, birds, forest, wetland and farmland. This will deprive the indigenous peoples of an integral source of food and income.

 

Communities set to be affected by the dams have been vocal, stating that they do not want to be moved from their native lands or end up living in inadequate conditions like those displaced by the Bakun and Murum dams, many of whom are still waiting for their agreed compensation packages. Indigenous peoples have been peacefully blockading against the Baram dam for 259 days and have so far collected 10,000 local signatures against the dam.

 

In this context, we would like to remind Chief Minister Adenan Satem that his government has a duty to respect the rights to self-determination and free, prior and informed consent as enshrined in the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which Malaysia has signed. All dam projects must not proceed until the affected communities are consulted and given an alternative plan. In this process, consultation and informed consent should include the meaningful participation of all affected indigenous groups and guarentee sufficient time and culturally appropriate processes for internal consensus-building. Communities should also be protected from interference from government agencies, companies or the police in their internal decision making process.

 

We urge the Malaysian government to Ratify ILO Convention 169 and end all violence and harassment against indigenous peoples defending their native customary rights land. The Federal and State governments have a duty to respect, fulfil and protect the rights of indigenous peoples.

 

We strongly urge the Sarawak state government to halt all dam building and review the Sarawak Corridoor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) project with meaningful and participatory public consultation.

 

Endorsed by:

 

  1. SAVE Rivers
  2. Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)
  3. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
  4. Malaysians for Beng Hock
  5. Pusat Komas
  6. Damn the Dams
  7. Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide In Gold Mining Action Committee (BCAC)
  8. Baramkini
  9. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & KL (PRIHATIN)
  10. Kuala Lumpur & KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section
  11. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (SAWO)
  12. Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS)
  13. Dignity International
  14. Pax Romana-ICMICA
  15. School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly, Treading Humbly (SALT)