IGP Must Tackle Death in Custody Immediately or Step Down!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the death of Benedict A/L Thanilas in Jinjang Detention Centre on 10 July 2017.

Benedict A/L Thanilas was 44 years old and was detained for investigation under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985. He was unconscious when he was brought to the hospital 6.06AM in the morning. At the time of the family’s arrival at the hospital at around 10AM in the morning, they were informed that Benedict had passed away.

The death of Mr. Benedict marks the 9th known case of death in custody in 2017 and 7th known death in police detention for 2017. His death is also the first known case of death during detention without trial under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985.

Death in custody is the gravest human rights violation a state can inflict upon any individual and their family. The deprivation of life without the due process of the law violates all known international law and human rights principles and it is a direct violations of individual rights under Article 5 of the Federal Constitution of Malaysia.

Furthermore, the court has ruled in the case of P. Chandran that the health of detainees while they are under detention by the police is the full responsibility of the Royal Malaysian Police. This is in-line with the international standards outlined in the Nelson Mandela Rules and it is an international standard that cannot be dismissed by the enforcement agency on a whim.

In light of the unabated cases of death in custody in the recent months, SUARAM calls for the resignation of the Inspector-General of Police for his poor track record in mishandling cases of death in police custody and the repeated failure in preventing and mitigating the issue of torture and death in police custody.

SUARAM reiterate our demand for the establishment of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to investigate into possible misconduct by the Royal Malaysian Police and for a transparent investigation to take place immediately. The police officers responsible for the well-being of the detainee must also be suspended pending the said investigation.

In Solidarity

Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

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IGP Wajib Menangani Kes Kematian Dalam Tahanan Dengan Segera atau Letak Jawatan!

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) mengecam kematian Benedict A/L Thanilas di Pusat Tahanan Jinjang pada 10 Julai 2017.

Benedict A/L Thanilas yang berumur 44 tahun telah ditahan untuk siasatan di bawah Akta Dadah Berbahaya (Langkah-Langkah Pencegahan Khas) 1985. Beliau dalam keadaan tidak sedarkan diri semasa beliau dibawa ke hospital pada jam 6.06 pagi. Semasa keluarga tiba di hospital pada jam 10 pagi, Isteri beliau dimaklumkan bahawa beliau telahpun meninggal dunia.

Kematian Encik Benedict merupakan kes kematian dalam tahanan ke-9 yang berlaku dalam tahun 2017 dan kes kematian ‘dalam tahanan polis’ ke-7 bagi tahun 2017. Kematiannya juga merupakan kes yang pertama yang direkodkan dimana seorang tahanan meninggal dunia dibawah akta tahan tanpa perbicaraan, Akta Dadah Berbahaya (Langkah-Langkah Pencegahan Khas) 1985.

Kematian dalam tahanan ialah satu pencabulan hak asasi manusia yang serius. Kegagalan pihak berkuasa untuk mencegah isu kematian dalam tahanan merupakan satu kesalahan di sisi undang-undang antarabangsa dan bertentangan dengan prinsip-prinsip hak asasi manusia. Ianya juga merupakan pencabulan hak individu yang dijamin dibawah Perkara 5 Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia.

Berkenaan dengan isu kesihatan dalam tahanan, pihak mahkamah dalam kes P. Chandran telahpun memutuskan bahawa kesihatan orang kena tahan (OKT) semasa berada dalam tahanan pihak polis ialah tanggungjawab penuh Polis Diraja Malaysia. Keputusan ini selaras dengan piawaian antarabangsa yang digariskan dalam Kaedah Nelson Mandela dan ia merupakan piawaian antarabangsa yang tidak boleh diabaikan ataupun diketepikan oleh pihak berkuasa dengan sewenang-wenangnya.

Atas sebab pihak polis berkali-kali gagal dalam melaksanakan siasatan yang telus dan seterusnya mencegah dari berlakunya kematian dalam tahanan, serta rekod buruk dalam pengendalian kes kematian dalam tahanan, SUARAM menyeru agar Ketua Polis Negara meletakkan jawatan dengan segera.

SUARAM mengulangi seruan masyarakat sivil supaya Suruhanjaya Bebas Aduan dan Salah Laku Polis (Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission, IPCMC) ditubuhkan segera, bagi menyiasat salah laku Polis Diraja Malaysia dan memastikan penyiasatan yang telus dijalankan. SUARAM sekali lagi menyeru supaya pegawai polis yang bertanggungjawab terhadap kejadian ini digantung kerja sementara siasatan dijalankan.

Yang Benar

Sevan Doraisamy
Pengarah Eksekutif
SUARAM

Unlawful Detention through Abusive ‘Procedures’ by Prison & Immigration

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) condemns the unlawful detention of Ms. Quek Chin Fern and Ms. Cheryl Lim in Kluang Prison, Johor.

The two were arrested on 19th June 2017 for allegation of shoplifting. They subsequently pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a day of imprisonment under Section 380 of the Penal Code on 22nd June 2017 (with sentence to start at 12AM, 22nd June 2017). Despite being sentenced to 1 day of imprisonment, they were not released at the designated time and were brought to Kluang Prison to ‘serve’ their sentence.

Family member who contacted the prison officials were informed that the two cannot be released as their passport were not with them at the prison. Additional queries directed to the prison officials were returned with information that the Immigration Department of Malaysia has issued orders for the two to be detained. Prison officials also claim that in these situations the procedures outlines that prisoners are only to be transfer to immigration detention on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

There is no legitimate ground for these individuals to be subjected to additional detention by the prison department and immigration department. Their detention can only be described as an underhanded method utilized by the Prison Departmen to illegally detained individuals beyond the ambit of the law. The illegal detention of Ms Quek and Ms Cheryl for the past 5 days represents a direct violation of Article 5(1)1 of the Federal Constitution and a violation of Article 3 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights2.

In addition to their illegal detention, SUARAM was informed by the family of Ms. Quek that she suffers from a dislocated shoulder since the time of her arrest and have not been provided any medical attention. The failure to provide adequate medical attention is a violation of Rule 273 of the United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners (the Nelson Mandela Rules).

SUARAM reiterate our condemnation of the detention of Ms. Quek and Ms. Cheryl and call for their immediate release!

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

1 No person shall be deprived of his life or personal liberty save in accordance with law

2 Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person

3 ‘All prisons must ensure prompt access to medical attention in urgent cases…’