Martial law must also be lifted as it may give rise to arbitrary exercise of power to unjustly deprive a person of liberty, asserts the Thai Lawyers for Human Rights (TLHR).
As rulers everywhere try to control the narrative and talk about the need to compromise and to bring about an “orderly transition” in the face of the protesters’ firm stand, and while Western celebrity news anchors plug the “reasonableness” of the Mubaraks and the Omars, the Egyptian government has shown its true colours by hauling in journalists and beating, slapping and kicking detained pro-democracy supporters.
Malaysia’s ratification of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can help bring real improvement in the lives of people with disabilities in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today. But Malaysia should withdraw its formal reservations to the treaty that will undermine its efforts to protect and promote those rights, Human Rights Watch said.
Reading of the recent death under police custody, we are bewildered and have to pose this question to our Prime Minister, “Will there be no end to this?”
Why are there so many deaths under police custody? And why do these corpses bear marks of police brutality? Do we have professional personnel or sadists interrogating suspects? Do we really get to the truth or force confessions out of these unfortunate suspects through coercion and brutal means?
The Kuala Lumpur High Court has acquitted Irene Fernandez, co-founder and executive director of Tenaganita. The first words as she was congratulated, Irene said, “I am free! At last I am free!” A scheduled court appeals hearing, which was to last until Friday, 28 November was today ended when Judge Mohamad Apandi Ali gave his decision and set aside her 2003 conviction and reversed the conviction and sentencing. This report from Tenaganita.
On 26 June 2008, representatives from Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI), upon the invitation of Opposition Leader Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, held a press conference at the entrance of the Parliament building after being unjustifiably denied access to proceed to the lobby of the Parliament. They had wanted to hand over a joint memorandum in support of victims of torture in conjunction with the International Day Against Torture, particularly those who are being detained under the draconian ISA, observes Fadiah Nadwa Fikri of the Bar Council’s human rights committee.
Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) yang dianggotai lebih daripada 83 buah organisasi terdiri daripada badan-badan bukan kerajaan, parti-parti politik, kesatuan sekerja, badan hak asasi manusia, badan wanita, mahasiswa dan golongan muda, hari ini berasa amat kesal dengan penyeksaan yang didakwa berlaku ke atas tahanan yang ditahan di bawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). Sekiranya benar, GMI mengutuk tindakan kejam dan tidak berperikemanusiaan berkenaan serta menuntut siasatan segera dilaksanakan. Kenyataan daripada Syed Ibrahim Syed Nor.