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Tolak sekatan Internet; mansuhkan Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan, Akta Hasutan PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Tuesday, 01 February 2011 23:24

sabm-jointcsTolak sekatan Internet; mansuhkan Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan, Akta Hasutan


Kami merupakan kumpulan masyarakat madani yang amat bimbang mengenai niat kerajaan persekutuan untuk menyekat Internet, mengikut laporan akhbar baru-baru ini yang mengungkap pegawai kanan kementerian berkenaan “peraturan hasutan siber” dan perluasan Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan untuk meliputi media dalam talian.


Kami membantah sekeras-kerasnya sebarang percubaan untuk memperluaskan skop Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan dan sekali lagi menggesa kerajaan supaya memansuhkan akta ini berserta Akta Hasutan dan undang-undang lain yang terlalu menyekat dan yang tiada tempatnya dalam masyarakat moden dan demokratik yang menjadi cita-cita negara kita.


Keberkesanan Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan dalam membelenggui akhbar selama berdekad-dekad begitu nyata, amat mengerikan jika peruntukan drastiknya dikenakan terhadap penerbitan dalam talian, justeru menyebarkan kesan 'seram' yang sama kepada ruang Internet. Tidak mustahil bahawa permit disyaratkan untuk laman sesawang berita, seperti yang berlaku di negara China. Dan melihat kepada jumlah buku yang diharamkan setiap tahun di bawah Akta Mesin Cetak dan Penerbitan, besar kemungkinan penulisan dan bahan multimedia yang tertentu dalam Internet dicop 'penerbitan yang tidak diingini', manakala pengguna Facebook dan Twitter pula dituduh menyebarkan 'berita palsu'.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 February 2011 00:17
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No Lame Duck! PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 02:12

sabm-jointcsRCI Must Establish Cause of Teoh’s Death and Have Credible Members to show Najib’s sincerity


We, the undersigned civil society organisations (CSOs) say “NO” to the “lame duck” Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the late Teoh Beng Hock which Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak intends to set up.


We demand that the RCI to be given specific and comprehensive Terms of Reference [TOR] to clear all doubts pertaining to Beng Hock’s mysterious and torturous death.


We fully support the position of the Malaysians for Beng Hock Movement that the TOR of the proposed RCI must include the following:


a. Investigating thoroughly and identifying the cause of Beng Hock’s death, especially identifying the cause of bruise which appeared on his neck.


b. Reviewing and reforming the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigation protocols to be in line with human rights standards and international best practices.


c. Identifying the political, administrative and criminal responsibility of all individuals or institutions whose decisions and acts had directly or indirectly led to the death of Teoh Beng Hock and recommending specific actions to charge or penalize these individuals;


d. Investigating into other allegations of torture, illegal detention and other misconducts by MACC if and when necessary and proposing reforms in the formal procedures of and actual practices in MACC investigation and interrogation.


In upholding the cardinal principle of transparency, we demand that the Report of the RCI and all related documents be made available to the public, without conditions.


Transparent Appointment of RCI Members


In order to show his sincerity in seeking the truth and justice, the Prime Minister has to ensure transparency and independence in the selection and appointment of RCI members.


The selection panel must include representatives of the Teoh family, Bar Council, Selangor State Government and human rights community to ensure full consultation and credibility.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 January 2011 03:07
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50 Tahun ISA Penuh Kontroversi: Mansuh ISA Bukan Pinda PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 27 December 2010 14:26

abm-logo-ISA350 TAHUN ISA

Pada 1 Ogos 2010 yang lalu maka genaplah 50 tahun Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA). ISA digubal pada tahun 1960 dengan hujah ia diperlukan untuk menghadapi gerakan Komunis. Ketika penggubalannya, ISA disertakan mekanisme mengelak salah-guna termasuk “judicial review”, dan dengan janji ia akan digunakan untuk tujuan menghadapi ancaman bersenjata Komunis sahaja. Gerakan Komunis telah meletakkan senjata, tetapi ISA masih ada sehingga sekarang. Malah ia telah diperkasa dengan memansuhkan “judicial review” melalui pindaan pada tahun 1989. Ini menjadikannya lebih zalim dan kontroversi.


Hari ini Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) ingin berkongsi satu analisis tentang perkembangan ISA dan GMI sepanjang tahun ini supaya ianya dapat membantu dalam pengukuran sejauh mana kerajaan menggunakan ISA untuk kepentingan golongan pemerintah bukannya untuk keselamatan negara.

 

Tahun ini menyaksikan pindaan yang tidak menjadi-jadi,  peningkatan dalam penggunaan ISA, lawatan Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) dari Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) ke Malaysia, kekalahan kes-kes bekas tahanan di mahkamah, penafian khidmat guaman kepada tahanan dan program GMI yang sering diganggu oleh polis dan kumpulan Pro ISA.

Last Updated on Monday, 27 December 2010 14:53
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Save our daughters, sisters, wives - Change the system PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 January 2011 00:02

rapeBy Irene Fernandez

Comment in Malaysiakini.com


FIFTEEN years ago when I was arrested and charged with publishing false news for a memorandum send to the government on the abuse, torture and dehumanized treatment of migrant workers in immigration detention centres, one of the charges I faced was the issue of rape of women in the detention centres.


In Indonesia, one of our partners investigated and documented five testimonies of women migrants raped at the camps. They were willing to testify.


Unfortunately and suspiciously, the office of our partner was raided and the files went missing. It was difficult to track the women and I lost my witnesses.


I did not lose hope. Together with one of my very committed lawyers, we went to Bangladesh to interview witnesses.


My partner there worked very hard to identify witnesses and even employed a full-time person to manage, counsel and sustain the witnesses as the court took a very long time to move the wheels of judicial process. Women who were raped were also identified.


The interviews conducted with the women were very painful and a stressful experience in my life. All five women whom we interviewed intensively were thrown out of their homes by their husbands and the community demanded they leave the village. The marriage future of their daughters was gone as they were seen as daughters of soiled women.


The trauma, impact and living on abject poverty by the women was for me most unbearable. It hurt too much. The look of hopelessness, fear and anxiety just pierced me over and over. In fact I fell ill on the second day of meeting with the survivors of rape and torture.


I then decided that I would rather go to jail than get the women to relive the trauma again. I will not make them witnesses for my trial. Reliving the trauma again with added publicity would be impactful and the consequences uncertain on the women and their children.

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 January 2011 00:19
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The 'Social Contract' issue: Scholars' stand PDF Print E-mail
Written by straits-mongrel   
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 19:54

sabm-socialcontractPress statement by group of concerned scholars on the 'social contract' issue

 

WE would like to provide some feedback to the speech made by Prime Minister Najib Razak on 21 October 2010 to the Umno general assembly in which he gave the impression that there is a 'social contract' whose terms are set in stone. He also told the delegates that no Malaysian should question it.


It is necessary to note that there is a range of views amongst us on the social contract issue and on how to respond to the Prime Minister's advice.

 

One colleague has argued that it is not yet time for an "organized effort" of civil society to make such a statement as it may provoke negative reactions that may be harmful to our common pursuit of a fair and united nation.


Another has expressed concern that we must not play into the hands of politicians who will mobilize Malay support by trying to show that the non-Malays have reneged on their so-called promise to accept Malay political superiority in exchange for citizenship.

 

A third colleague has noted that there is really no need to contest what is 'written' in the social contract. Rather, we should question where a copy of the social contract is to be found so we can verify and discuss its contents and meaning.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:13
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