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Monday, August 2, 2010

United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), Are You Deaf, Blind, Dumb Or Plain Corrupt?

How can United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) elects a nation into its council that has such poor human rights record. It is just like employing thieves and robbers to guard the bank vault.

Is UNHRC DEAF to hear about it, BLIND to all the brutal tortures, deaths under detention and police rough handling of people's right to light candle and prefer to remain DUMB. Or just worst, did UNHRC accept huge donation to accept this nation into its council and forced to remain silence?

The attacked and arresting of innocent people for carrying out candlelight vigils by the police on the 1st August 2010 demonstrate this nation Human Rights record. This poor Human Rights action by this nation are reported all over and if UNHRC still cannot HEAR, SEE nor SPEAK out, then, UNHRC is nothing but a CORRUPT SHIT-HOLE.


This is the Press Statement by Nalini.E SUARAM Coordinator and GMI Secretariat



Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) strongly condemns the abuse of police powers in cracking down on peaceful Anti ISA candlelight vigils held simultaneously at several states such as Selangor, Penang, Perak, Kedah, Kelantan, Negeri Sembilan, Johor, Sabah and Sarawak.


The nationwide Anti ISA vigil was organized by GMI and SUARAM to oppose the Internal Security Act (ISA) in conjunction with the 50th anniversary since the ISA was enacted on 1st of August 1960. In total, 38 participants were arrested during the Anti ISA vigil including GMI Chairperson, Syed Ibrahim, and SUARAM Coordinators Nalini Elumalai, Ong Jing Cheng, Kohila (Secretariat Member), Choo Chon Kai (Penang Branch Secretariat Member) and Arutchelvan (Director of SUARAM). Although this number is comparatively lower than the Anti ISA Rally last year when 589 people including minors were arrested; the 38 arrests by the police yesterday were unnecessary as it was a peaceful vigil.

The police in Petaling Jaya, Penang and Kelantan were far more brutal and arrogant compared to the other states. Although intimidation by the police occurred in other states, the real “champion” of the brutality was the Petaling Jaya Police Chief Arjunaidi Mohamed. Arjunaidi was arrogant and completely unprofessional when dealing with the crowd. He did not allow time for the crowd to disperse or to put it bluntly; he did not know the proper process to disperse a peaceful assembly. In addition, his police officers were brutal and violent when arresting participants. Although the Bar Council and SUHAKAM Commissioners were monitoring the situation at the vigil, the actions of the police proved that they had complete disregard for the basic human rights.

These arrests are a case of abuse of power by the government machineries and a failure to protect and uphold the fundamental rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution. We are deeply shocked and disturbed by this blatant transgression of the rule of law.

We demand the police to respect the freedom of assembly which has been guaranteed under Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. We urge the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Musa Hassan to apologies immediately to all the participants who have been mishandled by his police officers during the vigil yesterday. The IGP should responsible for all the arrests that took place yesterday and he should be ashamed of himself for transforming the Malaysian police force into one without integrity and professionalism!


Facing widespread criticism both at home and abroad, the ISA has badly damaged Malaysia’s reputation and this lead the government to finally propose a review of the ISA. However, it is clear that they have no intention of relinquishing this formidable and invaluable crutch of power. They are going all out to sell the idea of amendment, rather than repeal. Considering the history of the ISA, it seems very likely that these amendments will be minor and merely cosmetic, and will not achieve anything in terms of removing its elements of injustice and violation of human rights.

In conjunction with 50 years of ISA, we challenge the Prime Minister Najib Razak to abolish the ISA immediately. SUARAM and GMI will never compromise on the issue of detention without trial. All Acts which allow or have resulted in oppression, torture and abuse of people should have no place in the statutes, and should be abolished without delay. We once again remind the government that we will not stay quiet until we witness the draconian ISA abolished!

Demands Reiterated

SUARAM strongly urges the government to repeal all detention-without- trial laws as these legislations severely violate fundamental human rights. SUARAM also reiterate several other longstanding demands to the government, including:

1. The immediate establishment of an independent and effective oversight monitoring body to ensure accountability in the police force such as the Independent Police Commission on Misconduct and Complaints (IPCMC) as recommended by the Royal Police Commission

2. The repeal of repressive legislations and/or provisions in laws which undermine freedom of speech, expression and assembly such as Section 27 of the Police Act.

SUARAM and GMI also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the brave Malaysians who turned up yesterday to support the call of the abolition of the ISA. In addition, we would like extend our gratitude to SUHAKAM and Bar Council Human Rights Committee for sending official monitoring teams and finally, to the lawyers from the Bar Council Legal Aid Centre for their roles in upholding Human Rights in Malaysia.

Salam Perjuangan.

Released by,

SUARAM Coordinator and GMI Secretariat

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