30 ACTIVISTS FROM PSM INCLUDING TWO MINOR’S CHARGED

IMMEDIATE RELEASE
URGENT APPEAL: 26 JUNE 2011

RELEASE THEM NOW: 30 ACTIVISTS FROM PSM INCLUDING TWO MINOR’S CHARGED UNDER THE SECTION 122 OF PENAL CODE

30 Activists from Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) including two minors have been charged under the Section 122 of Penal Code and they were remanded for 7 days for practicing their freedom of expression.

They group were arrested on the 25th June at the kepala Batas while they were distributing leaflets to inform the public that BN had to be removed after 54 years of alleged misrule and the pitfall of returning BN to power in the 13 general election. However the convoys from the Northern and southern Malaysia faced police obstructions in the form of road blocks and harassment’s.

SUARAM only manage to get 27 names. They are:

Minor’s
1. Raveendran veerasenan
2. Thiviya kumar

Female
3. Saraswathy
4. Pakiualethchumy
5. Jothi
6. Sok Sok hwa
7. Indra
8. Kamala
9. Saroja
10.Santhana
11. Wong mei yong
12. Nalayani
12. Deepa
14. Unknown Chinese lady
15. Unknown Indian lady

Male

16. Kumar
17. Sugumaran
18. Lecthumanan
19. velayutham
20. Ravindran Munusamy
21. Choo Chon kai
22. Remy
23. Sarat babu
24. Danasundram
25.Sivasamy
26. balu
27. Selvam (bus driver)

The police said they are probing an alleged attempt by the PSM Activists to revive communism and are investigating 30 Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) members, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jayakumar for “waging war against the Yang DiPertuan Agong.” This is believed to be very serious allegation against the human rights defenders.

SUARAM strongly condemns 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. SUARAM calls the government to immediately release and withdrew charges against all those arrested. We are very concern about the two minors who has not been given proper legal assistance and welfare officers. In addition, the police have violated Section 19(5) of the Child Act (CA) by failing to notify the Welfare Department of the arrest and subsequent custody of the three children in order to appoint a Welfare Officer to attend to this matter. This is despicable and amounts to a breach of their administrative duty.

We demand the Malaysian government to stop all the intimidation and release all those detained immediately and allow the Malaysian people to exercise their freedom of expression as stated in the Federal Constitution.

Released by,

Nalini.E
Program Manager
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 and the on-going denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government to release all the Activists to continue and respect the freedom of expression as stated in Article 10 of Federal Constitution.

SAMPLE LETTER
[Letterhead of your organisation]
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]

Dear Sir,

Re: Release all those detained 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 on-going 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 further demand that your government stops the assault on freedom of expression and release all those 30 Activists immediately.

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. 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

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: [email protected]

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]

5. 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]

POLICE POWER ABUSE SHOULD BE STOP NOW!

URGENT APPEAL: 27 JUNE 2011

POLICE POWER ABUSE SHOULD BE STOP NOW!
PEOPLES HAVE THE RIGHT OF FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION!

On the 26th June 2011, 7 of the peoples were arrested by police at Taman Kosas, Ampang on 11am because of wearing the ‘Bersih’ T-shirt on the Jawi language.

Now they are under detaining at IPD Ampang Jaya.

The seven peoples including:
1) Fazlulrahimi
2) Shahril Suhaimi
3) Adha Isa
4) Syafie Yunus
5) Ruziami
6) Fathullah
7) Engku Faizan

On the other hand, one of the participant was arrested by police in the same case of wearing the Bersih T-shirt on Bersih 2.0 talk (Ceramah) at the Gombak on the same day around 11pm.His name Amin was now arrested at Balai Polis Gombak.

SUARAM strongly condemns 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 to stop all the intimidation release all those detained immediately and allow the Malaysian people to exercise their freedom of expression as stated in the Federal Constitution.

Released by,

Yap Heng Lung
SUARAM coordinator

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 Article 10 of Federal Constitution.

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: 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 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. 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. IPD Ampang
Taman Dagang,68000 Ampang
Selangor.
Tel: 03-42897222
Fax: 03-42570730

3.Balai Polis Gombak
JKR 791 Batu 6, Jalan Gombak
53100 Gombak.
Tel: 03-61895222

4. 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

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: [email protected]

6. 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]

7. 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]

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]

Release Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Immediately

Prime Minister Mr. Abhisit Vejjajiva

c/o Government House, Pitsanulok Road,

Dusit District, 10300, Bangkok

Thailand

Release Somyot Pruksakasemsuk Immediately

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) is extremely concerned and calls upon you for the immediate release of Somyot Pruksakasemsuk who was arrested on 30th April 2011 and is currently being held at Klong Prem Central Prison, in Bangkok.

We understand that Somyot was arrested on a charge of defaming, insulting and threatening the King, Queen and heir apparent (Section112 of the Penal Code) a charge which he fully denies. He also was not aware that any arrest warrant had previously been issued and strongly denies any claim that he resisted arrest.

We are concerned about the current state of human rights and democracy in Thailand, where even peaceful and legal methods to express one’s views are suppressed and denied.

We believe that the country should move towards a genuine reconciliation in good faith and intention from all sides. Therefore any dissident voice should not be brutally suppressed, particularly prior to a national election. The arrest of Somyot for his peaceful activity will deter this process.

We further understand that the Criminal Court agreed with the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to extend the detention of Somyot for another twelve days, something we believe to be an unacceptable abuse of Somyot’s human rights. Please urgently respond to this request for the immediate release of Somyot to allow him to organise his response to the charges against him.

Sincerely,

K. Arumugam

Chairperson

SUARAM

ALL THOSE 52 INDIVIDUALS HAVE BEEN RELEASED!

UPDATED URGENT APPEAL: 5 DECEMBER 2010

52 individuals who have been arrested for participated in a peaceful public assembly; to protest the proposed water tariff hike in Selangor have been released around 8pm today. 50 were released from the PGA Headquarters and two other individuals have been released from Bukit Jalil police station. The two were brought to Bukit Jalil Police Station for not bringing their Identity cards (IC).

Earlier in the morning, 3 persons – Dr. Nasir Hashim (PSM Chairperson and Kota Damansara state assemblyman), S. Arutchelvan (PSM Secretary-General) and A. Sivarajan (PSM Treasurer) – were arrested even before the rally started, which was scheduled to start at 12.00 noon. They were arrested for wearing red t-shirts and on the suspicion that they might be involved in an illegal assembly. They were released around 3pm before the other arrests took place.

SUARAM condemns the brutal actions of the police, who attacked the crowd with tear gas and water cannons. SUARAM further condemns the actions of the police for their continued attacks on freedom of expression and assembly, fundamental rights guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

SUARAM also would like to thank all those concern citizens who had called the police and demand for the release of the individuals.

Please continue send protest letters to IGP and to the Prime Minister to condemn the arrest and continuous assault on Freedom of Expression and assembly in Malaysia.

Released By,

Nalini.E

SUARAM Coordinator

video relate to protest today:

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photos during protes: (photo’s by Abah Anas Facebook)