The only standard operating procedure NGO activists should bear in mind is that, when they venture into the political arena, they should resign from their posts in the movement or NGO as a matter of course, says Kua Kia Soong.
The “impartiality” of NGOs in Penang, raised in an article in an Umno-linked newspaper that questioned why they have remained silent on many issues, has been rubbished by social activists in the state, reports Susan Loone of Malaysiakini.
When a government deems it politically expedient to lock up good men and women, it is high time we voted it out, writes Rani Rasiah. She goes on to provide a glimpse of one of these women, Sarasvathy Muthu, now freed but facing charges in court on 10 October 2011.
The way the PSM members were arrested and accused reminds us of the proverb, “Give a dog a bad name and hang him.”
The way the police hound and harass activists engaged in social issues gives the impression that these activists are more dangerous than criminals who cause hell for peace-loving citizens.
This is a tribute to peace activists from India and Pakistan for their outstanding work in bridging the international divide between the two countries.
The Abolish ISA Movement (UK) has criticised the Malaysian government’s crackdown on Malaysians protesting against the repressive law.
Migrant rights activists from the region have noted a number of important shortcomings in the Asean Declaration which they hope the regional body will remedy during the drafting of an Instrument to implement the Declaration. They are calling on Asean to give importance to the mainstreaming of gender-responsive, rights based policies in both the Asean Declaration and national government policies.
Feeling more empowered than ever before after the shock opposition win in Penang, civil society activists and other concerned individuals came together to discuss and agree on key areas of concern and proposals for submission to the state government. Anil Netto reports on the historic Penang Forum.
Fifteen people from six countries were arrested today in
Jakarta (Indonesia) by Polda Jaya (the Police Corps of Jakarta Raya
Territory) for participating in a peaceful people’s gathering to
voice their protest against GM rice and call for saving the diversity
of local rice to ensure people’s food security.