The State and its machinery must be made accountable for all unjustified violence, says Angeline Loh.
As we observe Human Rights Day, Angeline Loh looks back at a year that has seen an upsurge of institutionalised and other violence.
The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network is gravely concerned that Bangladesh has denied safe haven to those fleeing from recent sectarian violence in Rakhine state in Myanmar and has taken action to forcibly return asylum seekers back to Myanmar.
It does not require anyone the slightest minute of education to be racist and anti-democratic, observe Ahmad Farouk Musa and Ahmad Fuad Rahmat. And yet racism and anti-democracy have been the central values that have been constantly espoused by the ruling party.
In a perverse way, the Barisan Nasional has achieved what it could not through its sloganeering — a growing number of Malaysians united in purpose, writes A Malaysian.
While the government focuses on the breaching of the barricades at Dataran Merdeka by a few, and what they see as a threat to their power, there is a deafening and irresponsible silence about the unprecedented violence inflicted upon unsuspecting members of the public by the police force, says Bersih.
Any independent inquiry into the violence that broke out at the tail-end of the Bersih 3.0 rally would not be complete without a thorough examination of whether agents provocateurs or others bent on inciting violence were present in the crowd, writes Anil Netto
The crackdown by the authorities on protest rally organised by Bersih, has shown the ruling party in a bad light, writes Anil Netto.
One does not have to be a rocket scientist to know who or which party is unleashing these mindless thugs to bark or bite at the bidding of their masters, observes Tota.
Neither conventional military warfare nor shadowy acts of terror have the support of peace-loving people around the world, asserts Ronald Benjamin.