RELEASE ALL 52 INDIVIDUALS IMMEDIATELY!

URGENT APPEAL: 5 December 2010

The authority’s intolerance to peaceful assembly and freedom of expression continued, when the police arrested at least 52 individuals, including a 15 year old minor, in and around the vicinity of the Masjid Negara (National Mosque) in Kuala Lumpur for participating a peaceful public assembly; to protest the proposed water tariff hike in Selangor; and to hand over a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong regarding the water issue. They have since been brought to FRU Headquarters.

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. Three of them were released around 3pm before the other arrests took place.

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SUARAM condemns the brutal actions of the police, who attacked the crowd with tear gas and water cannons just moments after Selangor Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim and state EXCO members left in their cars to head to the Istana Negara to hand over the memorandum. Reports also indicate that the police stepped up their violent actions even as the crowd tried to disperse, resulting in some injuries among the participants of the rally. The Inspector-General of Police, Ismail Omar, even went so far as to threaten Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim with arrest if he rejoined the rally after handing over the memorandum.

The participants of the rally were finally allowed to disperse at around 3:45pm.

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.

Released By,

Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar

SUARAM Coordinator

Urgent action needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression and peaceful assembly. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow Malaysian citizen to practice their freedom of expression and assembly as stated under the Article 10 of the Federal Constitution.

Please call and/or send your protest letters 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. Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603-2262 6015
Fax: +603-2272 5613

3. Markas Brigade Tengah Cheras,
Pasukan Gerakan Am (PGA),
43200, Cheras
Selangor
Tel: +603-9086 2222
Fax: +603-9075 6732

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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: Release the 52 Persons Arrested
We are writing to you to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the arrests of 52 individuals at Masjid Negara (5 December 2010). They were arrested for participating in a peaceful public assembly; to protest the proposed water tariff hike in Selangor; and to hand over a memorandum to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong regarding the water issue. They have been brought to FRU Headquarters.
We are appalled by the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom to express their views. We condemn the brutal actions of the police, who attacked the crowd with tear gas and water cannons just moments after Selangor Menteri Besar, Khalid Ibrahim and state EXCO members left in their cars, to head to the Istana Negara to hand over the memorandum. Reports also indicate that the police stepped up their violent actions even as the crowd tried to disperse, resulting in some injuries among the participants of the rally.
We demand the unconditional and immediate release of the 52. We also demand that the Welfare Department be involved immediately ensure the minor’s well being. We further demand that the police force should stop the assault on freedom of expression and assembly.
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]

Polis bertindak tidak toleransi dengan menangkap saksi kes inkues Gunasegaran saudara Selvachandran a/l Krishnan

Urgent appeal: 26 Oktober 2010

Polis telah bertindak ganas dan langsung tidak bertoleransi dengan menangkap salah seorang saksi yang menghadiri kes inkues R.Gunasegaran sebelumnya iaitu saudara Selvachandran a/l Krishnan (39 tahun) pada masa lebih kurang 10pm semalam di rumahnya dan ahli keluarganya diberitahu oleh polis bahawa dia akan ditahan selama 60 hari.

Saudara sekarang ditahan di IPK Kuala Lumpur dan ahli keluarganya sedang membuat laporan polis mengenai kes tersebut di Balai Polis Wangsa Maju.

SUARAM berpendirian amat tidak berpuas hati terhadap tindakan polis yang keras serta tidak mematuhi Akta Polis terutama artikel ke 28 dan 28A yang menyatakan tujuan penangkapan terhadap seseorang dan masa tahanan reman tidak boleh lebih daripada 24 jam kecuali bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri, Ordinan Darurat atau Akta Dadah Berbahaya 1985 yang bercanggahan dengan prinsip hak asasi manusia.

Suaram berpendirian pihak polis telah melanggari kebebasan hak asasi manusia seperti yang ternyata dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan juga Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia dan saksi mahkamah langsung tidak diberi perlindungan malahan ditindas oleh pihak polis.

Tindakan polis seakannya menjatukan keyakinan rakyat malahan jelas menunjukkan sebagai  alat untuk menakutkan rakyat yang berani berdepan sebagai saksi dalam mahkamah demi penegakan keadilan.

Yap Heng Lung

Penyelaras SUARAM

Tindakan semasa diperlukan:

Sila menulis surat bantahan kepada kerajaan dan polis untuk memyuarakan ketidakpuasan terhadap tindakan kekerasan yang dilakukan oleh polis.

Sila menelefon dan menghantar surat kepada:

1.  Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur
Polis Diraja Malaysia
Jalan Hang Tuah
51100 Kuala Lumpur

Telefon : 03-21460522
Faks     : 03-20726786

2. Ketua Polis Negara
Tan Sri Ismail Omar
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613

3 Arrested During Villagers’ Protest at Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang

 

Urgent appeal: 07 October 2010

The authorities’ intolerance towards peaceful assembly continues with the police arresting 3 persons at Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang. The arrest occurred at 9.30am during a protest by the villagers against the intended installation of high-tension electric cables and a transmission towerby Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB). Today, TNB brought more than a hundred staff and police personnel to Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang Selangor forthe planned installation.

Those arrested are currently detained at Balai Polis Rawang.

Those arrested are:

1. Wan Han Ming

2. Alex Gan

3. Kumaran

SUARAM strongly condemns the police for their continued attacks on freedom of expression, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. SUARAM condemns the police for misusing their power by colluding with corporations instead of maintaining peace in this situation.

Released By,

Yap Heng Lung

Coordinator

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Urgent action needed:

 

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow Malaysian citizen to practice their freedom of expression as stated in Federal Constitution.

Please call and send your protest letters to:

1.Balai Polis Rawang

Polis Diraja Malaysia

Rawang,

48000 Selangor.

Tel: +603-60916222

2.Ibupejabat Polis Daerah Gombak

Polis Diraja Malaysia

53100 Gombak,

Selangor.

Tel: +603-61385222

Faks: +603-61369408

3.Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Kuala Lumpur

Polis Diraja Malaysia

Jalan Hang Tuah,

51100 Kuala Lumpur

Tel: +603-21460522

Faks: +603-20726786

4.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

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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: Release the 3 persons arrested

We are writing to you to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the arrests of the 3 individuals at Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang9.30am, 7 October 2010. They were arrested during a protest by the villagers when Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) brought more than a hundred workers and police personnel to Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang, forinstallation of high-tension electric cables and a transmission tower.

Those arrested have been brought to the Rawang district police station.

We are appalled by the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom to express their views.

We demand that the three are released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that the police force should stop the assault on freedom of expression and focus on fighting of crime instead of colluding with corporations in matters such as this.

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]

CARTOONIS ZUNAR ARRESTED: RELEASE HIM IMMEDIATELY!

URGENT APPEAL: 24 SEPTEMBER 2010

CARTOONIS ZUNAR ARRESTED: RELEASE HIM IMMEDIATELY!

Suaram strongly condemns the arbitrary arrest of cartoonist Zulkiflee Anwar Ulhaque – better known as Zunar. The Police raided his office premises and seized about 70 copies of his latest book, Cartoon-o-phobia, due to be launched tonight. 10 police officers led by ASP Arikrishnan Apparau from the Brickfields police station raided the premises at about 4pm. Currently Zunar is being held in Brickfields police station and he is accompanied by human rights lawyer, Latheefa Koya. The reason of his arrest is still unclear.

We express our profound disappointment over the abuse of powers by the police and for their ongoing 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 police to release Zunar immediately and without any conditions.

Background

Cartoon-o-phobia features a collection of political cartoons that have appeared on the Malaysiakini website as well as unpublished cartoons and fresh artworks.

Urgent Action Needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression.

Please call and send your protest letters 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. YB Hishamuddin Hussein,

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

Tel: 03 8886 8000
Fax: 03-88891613/03-88891610

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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: Release Zunar Immediately!

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 that Zunar to be released immediately and unconditionally. 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]

Urgent Appeal Released by,

Nalini Elumalai,

SUARAM Coordinator

Police intolerance to freedom of assembly, 25 arrested at vigil to oppose ISA

Urgent appeal: 01 August 2010
The authority’s intolerance to peaceful assembly continued, when the police arrested 21 persons at Padang Timur, Petaling Jaya and 4 at Penang during a nationwide candle light vigil in conjunction with 50 years of ISA before the event started. Police had move into Amcorp Mall to arrest most of the peoples.
Those people arrested at Petaling Jaya are:
  1. Syed Ibrahim – chairperson of GMI
  2. Suresh Kumar
  3. Mohd Fiqtriey
  4. Naqiuddin Sahar
  5. Albert Ang Yik Chuan
  6. Yew Hun Ng
  7. Bahrulhisham
  8. Enalini Elumalai
  9. Arulchevan
  10. Mien Lor
  11. Thilaga Sokiapillay
  1. Tsuing Han See
  2. Kohila Y.
  3. Bawani K.
  4. Parames E.
  5. Sivaranjani
  6. Lee Wei Ni
  7. Ng Yap Hwa
  8. E. Sarawanen
  9. Xavier Sim Yoon Han
  10. Aiman Siew Teck Meng
Those peoples arrested at Penang are:
  1. Choo Chon Kai
  2. Kris Khaira
  3. Darshan Singh
  4. Ong Jing Cheng – Suaram Penang branch Coordinator
Beside the above, the Kelantan vigil’s coordinator Zaidi Musa and Hamidi Musa were hold by police for investigation after the vigil successful reach to the end.
SUARAM strongly condemns the police for their continued attacks on freedom of expression, a fundamental right which is guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.
Released By,
Moon Hui
SUARAM Coordinator
Urgent action needed:

Please write protest letters to the government and the police to express your strongest condemnation of the arrests and the ongoing denial of rights of expression. Please also demand the Malaysian government to allow Malaysian citizen to practice their freedom of expression as stated in Federal Constitution.
Please call and send your protest letters to:
1. Ketua Polis Daerah Petaling Jaya
Ibupejabat Polis DaerahPetaling Jaya
Polis Diraja Malaysia
Petaling Jaya
Jalan Pencala
46050 Selangor
Tel:  03-79662222 
Fax: 03-79548740
2. Ketua Polis Negeri Selangor
Ketua Polis Negeri Selangor
Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen Selangor
Polis Diraja Malaysia
40000 Shah Alam, Selangor
Tel: 03-55145222
Fax: 03-55195175
3. Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613
 SAMPLE LETTER[Letterhead of your organisation]Inspector-General of Police
Tan Sri Musa Hassan
Ibu Pejabat Polis Diraja Malaysia,
50560 Bukit Aman,
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.Tel: +603 2262 6015
Fax: +603 2272 5613
Dear Sir,Re: Release the 25 persons arrested

We are writing to you to express our outrage and our strongest condemnation over the arrests of 25 individuals at Padang Timur and Penang just now (01 August 2010). They were arrested for attending to the nationwide candle light vigil in conjunction with 50 years of ISA. They had brought to the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters and Pulau Penang Jelutong police station.

We are appalled by the police’s latest actions and view this as yet another attempt to intimidate Malaysian citizens from exercising their freedom to express their views.

We demand that the two to be released immediately and unconditionally. We further demand that the police force should stop the assault on freedom of expression and focus on fighting of crime.
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]