Penang-based lawyer and poet Cecil Rajendra, a long-time contributor to Aliran, has received Suhakam’s award under the individual category for his efforts in promoting human rights in Malaysia.
Urgent action is needed as the EU-Malaysia FTA and the TPPA could be wrapped up by year-end, reports Fauwaz Abdul Aziz.
As the country faces relentless economic development, NGOs and Suhakam have a pivotal role to play in ensuring that the rights of the people are not neglected and the negative impact of development is minimised, writes Jerald Joseph.
If children cannot be protected against an exploitative and unjust system, what is the rationale for standing in their way when they participate in actions to demand their rights, asks Rani Rasiah.
The Malaysian Bar calls on the Sarawak state government to immediately rescind the ban from entering the state currently imposed upon a Suhakam commissioner, Jannie Lasimbang.
A string of civil society groups has expressed concern over the new selection process of Suhakam commissioners.
The process of appointments to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has been amended, but Yogeswaran Subramaniam is left wondering if the change in procedure is merely cosmetic.
More than 40 Malaysian NGOs are boycotting Suhakam’s Human Rights Day event tomorrow because of their dissatisfaction with the national human rights commission’s performance and the slow pace of reform. Instead, they have announced a conditional engagement with specific a time-frame for substantial reforms.
The NGO section during the inaugural review in Geneva
The inaugural annual review of Malaysia’s human rights performance, held in Geneva, was extremely disappointing, say Malaysian activists. While acknowledging the efforts of some countries in raising genuine concerns and addressing the critical human rights issues in Malaysia, the congratulatory-styled interventions in praise of Malaysia were a farcical element of the review, which went totally against the intended spirit of the review.
In the Batu Burok gathering, why did the plainclothes policeman not fire into the air – even if it is true he was being threatened – instead of choosing to shoot directly at unarmed persons, ask the organisers, Bersih.