- 查尔斯抨政府公然侵犯人权 促联合国撤人权理事会资格
- ‘Malaysia making mockery of human rights’
- Remove Malaysia from Human Rights Council, DAP tells UN
Posted: 29 Jun 2011 06:41 PM PDT
Source: Merdeka Review
作者／本刊记者 Jun 29, 2011 06:45:26 pm
Posted: 29 Jun 2011 02:38 AM PDT
Source: Free Malaysia Today
Tarani Palani | June 29, 2011
Malaysia sits in the UN Human Rights Council. But Klang MP Charles Santiago says the country should be stripped of its membership, with all the violations happening now.
But judging from the blatant abuse of human rights here over the last two weeks, Malaysia's very presence in the council is likely to be questioned.
The Human Rights Council was created by the UN General Assembly on March 15, 2006, aimed mainly at addressing human rights violations and make recommendations on them.
Malaysia was re-elected to the UN Human Rights Council on June 19, 2008. It will serve a three- year term which ends in 2013.
Klang MP Charles Santiago says the Barisan Nasional (BN) government does not care for human rights in the country and the UN should strip Malaysia of its membership of the Human Rights Council.
Santiago said the government should stop making a mockery of the council.
"It's time the government stopped pretending that it cares about human rights in the country. Arbitrary arrests, inhumane treatment of detainees and silencing of legitimate dissent are not marks of a democratic nation," he said.
The clampdown on the Bersih's planned "Walk for Democracy" on July 9 has been intensifying. This morning, 14 people including DAP Jalong assemblywoman Leong Mee Meng and PKR Teja assemblyman Chang Lih Kang were taken in by police in Sungai Siput for promoting the rally.
In the afternoon, police raided the office of Bersih office in Petaling Jaya. Selangor police chief Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah said the raid was conducted following a tip-off that there were illegal activities taking place in the premises.
He also said that his officers had seized hundreds of Bersih T-shirts and other Bersih apparels from the office.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein today said that it was illegal to wear the yellow Bersih 2.0 T-shirts as it was associated with illegal activities.
To date, about 100 people have been caught for wearing the T-shirts. Bersih has said that it will not apply for a permit for its rally because the government had already warned that it will not issue any permits.
Over the weekend, the police arrested 30 Parti Socialis Malaysia (PSM) members, including Sungai Siput MP, Dr Michael Jeyakumar Devaraj, in Penang and they have been remanded for a week to be investigated for illegal assembly and waging war against the king.
PSM has clarified that the arrests were not related to Bersih but linked to its own campaign, "Udahla Tu… Bersarala" (Enough already – retire now).
Bersih chairman S Ambiga, national laureate A Samad Said, Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali and an Umno Youth representative were quizzed on Monday.
Yesterday, PKR vice-president Nurrul Izzah, Subang MP R Sivarasa, and lawyers N Surendran and Fadiah Nadwa Fitri (from legal aid organisation Lawyers for Liberty) were also summoned to give their statements at the Dang Wangi police station.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was also questioned by the police today.
A few more leaders such as Bersih steering committee member Maria Chin Abdullah and DAP Seputeh MP Teresa Kok are scheduled to give their statements today.
Santiago said that all these developments demonstrates the government's high-handedness and disregard for human rights in the country.
Posted: 29 Jun 2011 02:25 AM PDT
Source: The Malaysian Insider
By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
June 29, 2011
DAP MP Charles Santiago said that the alarming rate of arrests over the past few days was "serious violations of human rights." — file pic
KUALA LUMPUR, June 29 — The United Nations (UN) should remove Malaysia as a member of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in light of the government's crackdown on Bersih supporters, the DAP said.
DAP MP Charles Santiago said that the alarming rate of arrests over the past few days was "serious violations of human rights." This, he said showed that the government had no qualms about abusing human rights in the country.
"It's time for the government to stop pretending that it cares about human rights in the country … arbitrary arrests, the inhumane treatment of detainees and the silencing of legitimate dissent are not marks of a democratic nation.
"I call upon the UN to strip Malaysia of its membership of the Human Rights Council. The Umno-led ruling government does not deserve to be on the council," Santiago said in a statement today.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said today T-shirts with messages in support of Bersih have been outlawed because they were related to an illegal assembly.
Police officers have arrested activists and opposition members wearing Bersih T-shirts ahead of next weekend's rally and counter-rallies organised by Umno Youth and Perkasa, all of which the government has said will not be given police permits.
PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang wants the police to explain why Perkasa and Umno Youth have not been hauled up despite stating that they will organise a counter-rally on July 9. — file pic
However, the Bersih organisation has not been declared illegal nor has the word "Bersih" been gazetted as such.Hishammuddin did not mention under what law the T-shirts would be deemed illegal. The minister has also rejected claims that the police clampdown on those supporting the July 9 march for electoral reforms was politically motivated.
Police officers have also raided the Bersih office in Petaling Jaya and arrested several Bersih activists.
Last weekend, the police also rounded up a group of Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) activists, including Sungai Siput MP Dr Michael Jeyakumar, accusing them of attempting to revive communism. The group had also expressed their support of the July 9 Bersih rally. A number of opposition politicians have also been summoned to have their statements recorded over Bersih.
PKR vice-president Chua Tian Chang demanded that the police explain why only Bersih activists and supporters were being questioned or arrested, and why Perkasa and Umno Youth have not been hauled up despite stating that they will organise a counter-rally on July 9.
"Why the need to arrest Bersih? What have they done wrong? Even if you stop Bersih supporters from wearing T-shirts, you will not be able to stop the spirit of the upcoming rally.
"At the same time, no action has been taken against Umno Youth and Perkasa. Where is the democracy here?" Chua told reporters here today.
Activists under Bersih and Pakatan Rakyat (PR) component parties are gearing up for the rally this July 9, the second such gathering calling for electoral reforms.
The first rally, also organised by Bersih, was held in 2007 and saw some 50,000 people take to the capital's streets.
The gathering eventually descended into chaos when the police deployed tear gas and water cannons on demonstrators.
The historic event has been partly credited for PR's record gains in Election 2008, when the opposition pact was swept to power in five states and won 82 parliamentary seats.
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