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Investigated for Peaceful Rally, SOSMA, Protest Against Degazetting Forest Reserve… Human Rights Round-up (06/03/20)

  1. Marina, Ambiga and 13 others investigated for peaceful rally
Rally
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#FreedomofExpression #FreedomofAssembly #SUHAKAM

Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir and Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan were among the activists probed by the police for the Save Malaysia Demonstration in front of Sogo shopping complex last Sunday. The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM), Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG), several human rights groups in Sarawak and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have urged the police to cease investigations and uphold Articles 10(1)(a) and (b) of the Federal Constitution that guarantees freedom of speech and expression and the right to assemble peaceably.

2. AG could not find credible evidence, discontinued criminal proceedings against LTTE 12

SOSMA
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#SOSMA #RightToAFairTrial

Supporting the discontinuation of the case, the Bar Council president Datuk Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor has stated the AG has done so because “there was no credible evidence to link the 12 to the charges proffered against them as there was no realistic prospect of conviction”.

Fareed also said there has been abuse of the provisions of the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) in the charges and the authorities are answerable to the public as to why they were arrested in the first place.

In regards to the Bar Council’s stance on SOSMA, the body has issued a press release calling to repeal the Act in November 2019 due to its oppressive and draconian provisions.

3. Precautionary measures required before the next haze hits

Forest fire
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#Environmental

Commenting on the public seeming to have accepted that the haze between July and October over the past 20 years as an unavoidable hazard, Ecotourism & Conservation Society Malaysia (Ecomy) founder and CEO Andrew Sebastian reminded that the haze is man-made and its resolution lies in the prevention of activities that cause it.

Sebastian mentioned the causes include indiscriminate clearing of forests, fossil fuel-intensive initiatives, land clearing by burning for agricultural purpose, and particularly, the clearance and drainage of peatlands that result in peat fires that are more difficult to put out. Hence, Ecomy has called for strict enforcement against open burning to address the haze issue.

4. Orang Asli protest against degazetting of Kuala Langat forest reserve

Kuala Langat
(Coalition for the Protection of Selangor’s Forests)

#OrangAsli

In response to Selangor Menteri Besar Amarudin’s proposal of degazetting the Kuala Langat forest reserve, the Orang Asli community who live in the area and its surrounding has expressed disagreement by submitting six letters of protest to the Selangor government and walking a 2km stretch towards the state secretariat building. They urged the government to reconsider the move.

Rahman Pahat, the representative of the Orang Asli, stated that they have settled in the forest about several hundred years ago, degazetting the forest would destroy their identity and source of livelihood. Further, some Orang Asli still live in the forest because that is where they get their herbs and various other forest produce.

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5. KPUM Explains…What’s Going on with the Government?

KPUM explains
(KPUM and ASASI)

#Voting #ConstitutionalLaw

Curious about what KPUM and ASASI have to say in regards to the recent political storm in Malaysia? We have published a series of “KPUM Explains…” consisting of Part I and Part II !

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