MADPET is for the Abolition of Death Penalty, an end of torture and abuse of rights by the police, an end to death in custody, an end to police shoot to kill incidents, for greater safeguards to ensure a fair trial, for a right to one phone call and immediate access to a lawyer upon arrest, for the repeal of all laws that allow for detention without trial and an immediate release of all those who are under such draconian laws.
Monday, November 21, 2016
SUHAKAM - Unacceptable use of Sosma against Maria
Unacceptable use of Sosma against Maria — Suhakam
Monday November 21, 2016 03:05 PM GMT+8
21 — The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wishes to
underline its opposition to the use of the Security Offences (Special
Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma), which it has objected to in the past.
Suhakam reiterates that the broad characterisation of “security
offences” under Sosma now suggests that its ambit extends beyond
The application of the Sosma to Maria Chin where she has been detained
without charge and without trial in this instance, and her wellbeing and
welfare unknown, cannot be accepted by a society that has a national
The government’s assurance in 2011 promised that “no individual will be
arrested merely on the point of political ideology.” In Suhakam’s view,
the preventive detention of Maria Chin is a misuse of the law, an abuse
of the legal system and of law enforcement.
Suhakam advises the government to interpret in good faith and in
accordance with their ordinary meaning, the laws in their context and in
the light of their object and purpose.
Suhakam would like to see a situation where the overemphasis by the
authorities on restrictions to the right to freedom of assembly is
replaced by efforts to facilitate the right.
* Press statement from Tan Sri Razali Ismail, chairman of the Human
Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) on November 21, 2016.
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