GHAH – Urgent Donation Appeal for Sedition Act Cases

Translation – Bahasa Malaysia

Translation – 中文

 

06 donation appeal GHAH-01

 

Over the past month, the Sedition Act has been indiscriminately used in a new wave of political repression and terror whose targets have included elected representatives, lawyers, academics, and activists.

On 5 September 2014, NGOs responded by forming the Abolish the Sedition Act Movement, or Gerakan Hapus Akta Hasutan (GHAH). A joint statement by GHAH was endorsed by 128 concerned organizations.

GHAH appeals urgently for donation from the public. The funds are needed for:

1. LEGAL AID – for urgent post bail and legal support to those who are charged under the Sedition Act. Bail amount could be up to RM5,000 per case.
(Note: Returned bail will be used to cover other legal expenses incurred during the case and public campaigning)

2. PUBLIC CAMPAIGNING – for launch of GHAH, nationwide roadshows, printing of publicity materials, and other events to call for the abolition of the Sedition Act.

GHAH urges concerned Malaysians to contribute RM50, RM100 or any other amount to support those who have been unjustly charged under the Sedition Act.

Donations can be made to the following bank account under the care of SUARAM:
Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd
(Account No: 3103 6094 09, Public Bank)

For donations via credit card, please visit:
http://www.suaram.net/?page_id=6059

NOTE: Please forward the transaction/bank-in slip to [email protected] for our admin records.

SUARAM Urgent Appeal: Release Student Activist Adam Adli Immediately and Unconditionally

 

SUARAM URGENT APPEAL:

RELEASE STUDENT ACTIVIST ADAM ADLI IMMEDIATELY AND UNCONDITIONALLY

 

 

SUARAM requests your urgent intervention in the following detention of Mr Adam Adli, Student Activist from Malaysia. SUARAM is dedicated to the protection of Human Rights Defenders and aims to offer them concrete support in their time of need.

Brief description of the situation:

SUARAM  condemns the arbitrary and unlawful detention of  Student Activist, Adam Adli under the  Section 4 of the Sedition Act[1]   which  prohibiting discourse deemed as seditious  and if found guilty under the act, Adam could be jailed for up to three years, fined not more than RM 5,000, or both.

 

 

Student activist Adam Adli was arrested in Bangsar on 18 May 2013 by ten plainclothes police officers around 3.15pm on 18 May 2013. He is believed to be arrested over the remarks he made during a post-election forum organised by Suara Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM) on 13 May 2013 at Kl/Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall in Kuala Lumpur. During the forum, Adam had joined several other anti-government NGOs in calling for a massive street rally to express unhappiness over the fraud that happened related to electoral process in the country during the 13th General election that was held on 5th May 2013.

 

He was immediately were brought to Jinjang police remand centre. He is currently being kept in lock up. This acts by police to put Adam immediately into lock up clearly shows that, police has no intention to do further investigation rather they has made decision to hold Adam Adli arbitrarily . Adam is believed to be remand on 19 May 2013.
SUARAM condemns the arbitrary detention and judicial harassment against Adam Adli which seems to merely aim at sanctioning his peaceful activities and his freedom of expression in the framework of the campaign against the frauds that happened during General election.

SUARAM urge the police to show respect of the people’s freedom of expression and release Adam Adli immediately.  The police have started their hunting since post-election. All this harassment and intimidation against human rights defenders must stop now.

 

Malaysia has already an atrocious international record on democracy and human rights and it should not join the ranks of rogue countries universally regarded as most notorious and infamous for their reckless disregard for the most basic human rights – human dignity and life.

 

Released by,

 

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

SUARAM

 

Actions requested:

Please write to the authorities of Malaysia, urging them to:
i.               Guarantee in all circumstances the physical and psychological integrity of Adam Adli as well as of all human rights defenders in Malaysia;

ii.              Release Adam Adli immediately and unconditionally since his detention is arbitrary as it seems to merely sanction his human rights activities;

iii.            Put an end to acts of any harassment – including at the judicial level – against Adam Adli as well as against all human rights defenders in Malaysia;

 

iv.      Abolish Sedition Act 1948 which against human rights principles;

v.             Comply with all the provisions of the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights Defenders, in particular with its:
–        Article 1, which provides that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to promote and to strive for the protection and realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms at the national and international levels”;
–        Article 6(a), which foresees that “everyone has the right, individually and in association with others, to participate in peaceful activities against violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms”;
–        Article 12.2 (“the State shall take all necessary measures to ensure the protection by the competent authorities of everyone, individually and in association with others, against any violence, threats, retaliation, de facto or de jure adverse discrimination, pressure or any other arbitrary action as a consequence of his or her legitimate exercise of the rights referred to in the present Declaration”);

vi.              More generally, ensure in all circumstances the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms in accordance with  the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and with international and regional human rights instruments.

 

 

Addresses:

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]

Salutation: Dear Prime Minister of Malaysia

 

 

 

2. Datuk Zahid Hamidi
Ministry of Home Affairs
Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D
Pusat Pentadbiran
Kerajaan Persekutuan
62546 Putrajaya, Malaysia
Fax : +60 3 8889 1613+60 3 8889 1610
Salutation: Dear Minister of Home Affairs

 

 

3. Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar,

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]

Salutation: Dear Inspector General

 

4. Chairman/Secretary

Malaysian Human Rights Commission,

Level 11, Menara TH Perdana,

Jalan Sultan Ismail,

50250 Kuala Lumpur.

Tel: 03 26125600

Fax: 03 26125620

 

 

5.        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

 

6.       Ms. Margaret Sekaggya,

Special Rapporteur on the situation on human rights defenders,

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

 

 

 

Kindly inform us of any action undertaken.

To contact SUARAM;

·     E-mail: [email protected]
·     Tel and fax SUARAM :  + 60377843525/ + 60377843526
 

 


[1] 4. (1) Any person who—


(a) does or attempts to do, or makes any preparation to do, or conspires with any person to do, any act which has or which would, if done, have a seditious tendency; (b) utters any seditious words;
(c) prints, publishes, sells, offers for sale, distributes or reproduces any seditious publication; or (d) imports any seditious publication,shall be guilty of an offence and shall, on conviction, be liable for a first offence to a fine not exceeding five thousand ringgit or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or to both, and, for a subsequent offence, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years; and any seditious publication found in the possession of the person or used in evidence at his trial shall be forfeited and may be destroyed or otherwise disposed of as the court directs.

 

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

Room 4.32

URGENT APPEAL: ALLOW LEGAL ACCESS TO HILMI HASIM

14 February 2013

 

URGENT APPEAL: ALLOW  LEGAL ACCESS TO HILMI HASIM

 

Mohd Hilmi Hasim was arrested last Thursday, 7 February 2013, under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) together with Yazid Sufaat and Halimah Hussein. This is the first time that arrests have been made under the new Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA), since its introduction in April 2012.

 

On 8th February 2013, Yazid Sufaat and Halimah Hussein were charged at the Ampang Magistrate’s Court for allegedly promoting an ideology aimed at inciting the people of Syria. Hilmi, however, continues to be held in police custody. Despite it being seven days since his arrest, he has not been charged or tried in an open court. The police have also refused to disclose where he is being held.

 

SOSMA, which replaced Malaysia’s previous Internal Security Act (ISA), fails to meet international human rights standards in several key ways – including by allowing police to detain suspects incommunicado for 48 hours, thus increasing the risk of torture, and by allowing detention without charge or access to the courts for up to 28 days.

 

Under section 5 of the law, police can hold suspects for 48 hours and can deny them access to lawyers. It is now more than 48 hours, and the police are still denying Hilmi access to legal representation even though lawyers have approached the authorities.

 

Denying one legal access is a form of human rights violation. It is an act which violates Article 7 and Article 8 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) where everyone has the right to be treated equally before the law and the right to ask for legal assistance.

 

SUARAM condemns the police and we view that denying Hilmi the right to counsel also contravenes the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

 

Actions Requested:

 

i.                    Guarantee the physical and psychological integrity of Mr. Mohd Hilmi Hasim;

ii.                  Allow immediate legal access to Mohd Hilmi Hasim;

iii.                Release or charge him in an open court ;

iv.                Put an end to any acts of harassment, intimidation and any form of torture or ill treatment;

v.                  Ensure that in all circumstances respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are in accordance with international human rights standards and international instruments.

 

Released by,

 

 

 

Nalini Elumalai

Executive Director

SUARAM

 

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 of Mohd Hilmi Hasim which denies his right to be represented by lawyer.

 

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 Legal Access to Mohd Hilmi Hasim Immediately

 

We are writing to you, once again, to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the arrest of Mohd Hilmi Hasim under the draconian law Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA). Denying him his right to counsel is not only unconstitutional but contravenes the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as well.

 

We demand the government to release Mohd Hilmi Hasim immediately or charge him in open court. We also urge the government to guarantee the physical and psychological integrity and well-being of Mr. Mohd Hilmi Hasim and put an end to any acts of harassment, intimidation and any form of torture or ill treatment.

 

We strongly urge you, once again, to stop bringing shame to Malaysia with this abuse of fundamental human rights.

 

 

Yours sincerely,
[Name]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cc To:

 

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. Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin bin Tun Hussein

Minister of Home Affairs Malaysia

Blok D1 & D2, Kompleks D
Pusat Pentadbiran
Kerajaan Persekutuan
62546 Putrajaya

Tel: 03 8886 8000/ 3000

Fax: 03-88891613/03-88891610

 

3. 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. Malick El Hadji Sow

Working Group on Arbitrary Detention
c/o Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
United Nations Office at Geneva
8-14, avenue de la Paix
1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland
facsimile: +41 22 9179006

e-mail: [email protected]

KAMPUNG SEMANGAT RESIDENTS FACING THREAT FROM GANGSTERS

URGENT APPEAL: KAMPUNG SEMANGAT RESIDENTS FACING THREAT FROM GANGSTERS.

6 INJURED AND ARRESTED

 

 

What can you do?

Urgent Action Needed:

1. SMS @ Call the Investigating Office Insp Amran: 010-8865616 to check the status of the people and pressure for their release.

 

2. Call the police station IPD Impian Emas: 07- 5545322. Ask for the status & also Ins Amran.

 

Residents of Kampung Semangat, Tampoi, Johor Darul Takzim, are facing threat from gangsters believed to be associated with developers, Danga Bay Sdn Bhd. Kampung Semangat has existed for more than 50 years. Latest development of the land by Danga Bay Sdn Bhd has resulted in the villagers being served with notices of eviction.

 

At about 2:00PM today, 2 bulldozers accompanied with more than 30 gangsters tried to demolish the houses at Kampung Semangat. 6  villagers were arrested by the police while defending their homes from demolition.

 

The 6 villagers arrested are:

1)Goh Wee Chooi 

2)Ang Bee Wah 

3)Ang Ah Chai 

4)Cheng Chong 

5)Goh Wai Kong

6)Chee Tet Onn 

 

The above villagers sustained injuries in the course of defending their homes and have received treatment at Hospital Tun Aminah Johor Bahru. 

 

SUARAM urge the police to remain professional in performing their duties by not siding with the developers. Stop the inhumane treatment of the people and end the forced eviction immediately.