Friday, April 30, 2010

Public inquiry for all police 'shoot to kill' incidents where people get killed/injured

Another police 'shoot-to-kill' incident....and this time a young Malaysian is the victim...

The law does not authorize the police to kill persons....remember that the police only has the power to arrests suspects, and in effecting these arrests, the police is permitted to use "...all means necessary to effect the arrest." . The main purpose is to arrest....not kill.

15.  Arrest, how made.
(1) In making an arrest the police officer or other person making the same shall actually touch or confine the body of the person to be arrested unless there is a submission to the custody by word or action.

(2) If such person forcibly resist the endeavour to arrest him or attempt to evade the arrest such officer or other person may use all means necessary to effect the arrest.

(3) Nothing in this section gives a right to cause the death of a person who is not accused of an offence punishable with death or with imprisonment for life. - section 15, Malaysian Criminal Procedure Code (Act 593)

Recent Posts:-Protest in Jakarta over Malaysian police 'shoot-to-kill' case - 3 persons killed

Malaysian Bar Council

Press Release
Teenager's death by police shooting is unacceptable! 

The Malaysian Bar is appalled that the police have shot and killed a teenager during a police operation.  Also troubling is the polices intolerable and offensive diversion of labelling him a criminal, which is geared at fending off blame, and is grossly unfair to his family and wholly irrelevant to the cause of death.

The excessive number of deaths by police shootings cements, in the public mind, the perception that law enforcement officers are either negligent or reckless in the performance of their duties.  Nothing less than an immediate, thorough, impartial and transparent investigation that includes a holistic and inclusive examination of all the relevant facts will assuage the publics concern regarding the integrity and credibility of the police force.

We are heartened that the authorities have reportedly classified the case as one of murder, and that the Deputy Home Minister will head a special panel to investigate the incident.  However, the Malaysian Bar reiterates its call for the powers of inquiry under Section 328 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CPC) to be invoked, and for an inquest to be carried out each time there is a fatality in the course of police operations, regardless of the circumstances.  It is in the public interest that the circumstances and cause of each such death be established by judicial inquiry and the application of judicial standards.

The police, and the Government, must take urgent action to ensure that justice is done and that stern measures are taken against any officer guilty of misconduct.  This matter must be given due priority in order to immediately redress any impunity or abuse of police power.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to Aminulrasyid Amzahs family and friends.

Ragunath Kesavan


Malaysian Bar

28 April 2010


Press Statement
28 April 2010
                                                                                                                For Immediate Release

Public Confidence in Police Force must be Instilled

Amnesty International Malaysia (AIM) regrets the actions taken by the 4 Royal Malaysian Policemen in the recent shooting incident that took place on 26 April 2010 which resulted in the death of Aminulrasyid Amzah, a 15 year old school boy. The car driven by Aminul, according to news report, came to a stop when it crashed into a tree and a concrete wall, and the policemen had opened fire, killing the victim.

AIM emphasizes that the police force have the responsibility to abide by international standards for law enforcements officials, set out in UN Code of Conducts for Law Enforcement Official and UN Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials.

Article 3 of UN Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Official stipulates that law enforcement officials may use force only when strictly necessary.

Article 5 of Basic Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials states that whenever the lawful use of force and firearms is unavoidable, law enforcement officials shall: 

a) exercise restraint in such use and act in proportion to the seriousness of the offence and the legitimate objective to be achieved, 

b) minimize damage and injury, and respect and preserve human life, and

c) ensure assistance and medical aid are rendered to any injured or affected persons at the earliest possible moment.

The death of Aminul could have been avoided if these rules were complied. The Royal Malaysian Police must now regain the confidence of the public. AIM strongly urges for a transparent investigation process on this case. The policemen and the force need to be accountable for these actions. According to the UN Code, a transparent and an independent oversight mechanism should be developed consistent with international human rights standards, and to be democratically accountable to a democratic authority and the community at large. AIM hopes that the UN Code will be adhered to in the investigation process.

The fundamental right to life as enshrined in UDHR and Federal Constitution must always be upheld. The Royal Malaysian Police and Malaysian government must now take steps to observe the UN recommendations to a development of non-lethal incapacitated weapons for use in appropriate situations, with a view to restraint application of means, capable of causing death or injury to persons.  

Nora Murat
Executive Director

Nora Murat
Executive Director
Amnesty International Malaysia

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Kenyataan Media: 28 April 2010

Kini Remaja ditembak mati oleh Polis:

Segera Jalankan penyiasatan secara terbuka!

SUARAM mengutuk keras dan kecewa terhadap tindakan Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) yang menembak mati  individu-individu tidak kira warga Malaysia ataupun warga asing  dengan lebih kerap. Pada 16 April 2010, SUARAM telah mengeluarkan kenyataan akhbar berkaitan penembakan mati oleh PDRM terhadap dua orang warga Malaysia bernama R. Logeswaran (38) dan Satchithananthan (25) serta tiga orang warga Indonesia yang bernama Abdul Sanu, Musdi dan Muhlis1. Kini terdapat satu lagi kes tembak mati oleh pihak Polis. Kali ini mangsanya adalah remaja yang  bernama Aminulrasyid yang berumur 15 tahun. Mangsa ditembak mati oleh pihak Polis   disyaki  terlibat dalam  satu kes jenayah yang dikatakan brlaku pada 26 April 2010 di Seksyen 11, Shah Alam .

SUARAM memandang serius terhadap semua kes tembak mati yang dilakukan oleh Polis selama ini . Kami ingin menekankan bahawa menembak mati seseorang dengan sewenang-wenangnya tanpa memberikan peluang untuk membela diri dan tanpa alasan yang kukuh adalah merupakan satu pencabulan hak asasi yang serius. Kami inginkan maklum balas segera dari pihak Polis apakah perlunya pihak polis menggunakan senjata terhadap seorang remaja yang berusia 15 tahun? Apakah profil jenayah yang boleh dimiliki oleh seorang remaja yang hanya berumur 15 tahun?

SUARAM sebuah organisasi Hak Asasi Manusia berpendapat penggunaan senjata dan tidak memberikan hak untuk  Aminulrasyid  membela diri adalah salah dari segi undang-undang  Hak Asasi dan ianya melanggari kebanyakan article dalam  Konvensyen Antarabangsa Perlindungan Kanak-Kanak (CRC) terutamanya  Artikel 16 (1)&(11) dan Artikel 37 yang memberi perlindiungan terhadap kanak-kanak bawah undang undang dan terlindung dari sebarang hukuman yang tidak berperikemanusiaan ataupun penangkapan tanpa bicara.

SUARAM memahami tanggjungawab pihak Polis untuk mencegah kegiatan jenayah di Malaysia, namun ianya tidak sesekali boleh memberikan ruang untuk pihak Polis untuk menangkap sebarang individu dan yang penting menggunakan senjata dengan sewenang-wenangnya keatas sesiapa pun dalam sebarang operasi untuk menahan penjenayah. Malah SUARAM  sebagai sebuah badan Hak Asasi juga agak risau dengan peningkatan angka  penggunaan senjata oleh pihak Polis sejak kebelakangan ini. Ini dapat dilihat apabila Kementerian Dalam Negeri menyiarkan dalam satu Kenyataan Akhbar di parlimen pada 18 Mac 2010, yang menyatakan bahawa jumlah kes tembak mati oleh polis adalah seramai 183 orang dari tahun 2007 hingga 2009.

SUARAM berpandangan kejadian kes-kes polis menembak mati suspek berlaku secara luas adalah disebabkan oleh kerana tiadanya mekanisme yang telus dan jelas tentang penggunaan senjata api oleh Polis. Malah apa yang lebih mengecewakan adalah dokumen panduan dalam menggunakan senjata api di Malaysia tidak dapat dirujuk oleh orang awam.2  Ini dengan jelas membuktikan bahawa penggunaan senjata api oleh polis tidak diimbangi oleh pemeriksaan awam dan sekaligus menyebabkan tahap akauntabiliti yang amat rendah di dalam institusi polis.

Memandangkan Kerajaan Malaysia berminat untuk bertanding untuk menjadi ahli Majlis Hak  Asasi Manusia, Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) bagi 2010-2013, adalah wajib bagi kerajaan untuk mengambil langkah untuk memastikan masalah-masalah mengenai hak asasi manusia ditangani berdasarkan prinsip-prinsip dan undang-undang antarabangsa.

Penembakan mati terhadap seseorang tanpa sebarang perbicaraan atau secara sewenang-wenangnya adalah dianggap sebagai kes pembunuhan yang serius. SUARAM menggesa kerajaan untuk membawa empat orang pengawai polis yang terlibat dalam kejadian ini ke muka pengadilan dan dibicarakan di makahmah untuk menegakkan keadilan terhadap mangsa dan keluarga mangsa.  

SUARAM menuntut agar pihak Kerajaan melaksanakan cadangan-cadangan yang dikemukakan oleh Suruhanjaya Diraja Penambahbaikan Perjalanan dan Pengurusan Polis Diraja Malaysia terutama nya menubuhkan Suruhanjaya Bebas Pengaduan dan Salah Laku Polis (IPCMC) dengan segera. Sekiranya langkah-langkah ini tidak diambil dengan segera, maka semua rakyat Malaysia  akan menjadi mangsa penyalahgunaan pihak Polis dan ini  sekaligus akan menunjukkan imej yang buruk terhadap Kerajaan Malaysia yang gagal memantau institusi kerajaan yang amat penting dalam sistem Pentadbiran negara.

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     青少年被警射死:涉案警员应被 提控上庭并速成立警务投诉委员会!
大马人 民之声严厉谴责大马皇家警队近日连续开枪射死案件。人民之声于2010416日曾发表文告关于两民印裔同胞(R. Logeswaran 38岁与Satchithananthan 25)3名印尼外劳(Abdul Sanu, Musdi Muhlis1)遭 警方开枪射死案后1,不超过两个星期又发生了一名15岁少年阿 密努拉希(Aminulrasyid Amzah)在426日于莎亚南11区驾车遭警方从车后方开枪射毙案件。

人民之声要求警方对于这宗少年射死案件作出全面性的解释,并说明 少年阿密努拉希曾经所涉及的罪案。我 们非常不能接受警方以开四枪自保免遭撞击的原因来对此案件做结论,更何况当事者是名年全15岁的青少年。警方时常以自保来回应枪杀案,但事 实上很多当场的嫌疑者性命却不受保,最后惨被射死。

人民之声认为缺乏透明与明确的机制来管制警队的枪械使用法是导致 射杀案逐渐增加的原因。此外,社会不被允许参考警队的枪械使用法也是让公众大失所望2。这足以导致警队的枪械使用法不被公民社会机制所监督与衡量, 并导致社会对警队的信心大大减低。

除此以外,人民之声呼吁有意竞选20102013联合国人权事务高级专员 办事处成员的政府马上负起责任捍卫人 权,解决一切人权遭迫害的课题,并着重于执法部队尤其警队贯彻人权意识,并在执行过程覆行人道主义。

少年阿 密努拉希被警方射死是件极为严重的课题,此案不只侵犯了基本人权以外,更使曾签署联合国儿童权利公约的政府遭受重重地打击。根据联合国 儿童权利公约第3与第6条文显示,政府需覆行责任与采取积极行动确保儿童居住的环境安全与保护儿童生存的权利。

根据联合国国际枪械军火公约《Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials显示:只有处于极度危险并极大可能威胁 本身性命的情况下方可使用 枪械自卫….执 法单位在使用枪械之前需给予清楚的警告与足够的时间予对方。此外,国家刑事程序法典《Criminal Procedure Code (Act 593)》第153)条文也注明 了警方不能在拘捕时把不是被判死刑或终身监禁的被逮捕者致死。虽然如此,根据内政部在今年318日的国会解答中说明了从2007年至2009年 共有183名人士遭 警队枪杀。

蓄意或未经确定嫌疑者身份就射杀对方是件严重的谋杀案件。人民之声要求政府把涉 案的四名警员带上法庭审讯,并确保此事件不再发生,以捍卫社会公民的基本生存权。

根据2005年皇家 调查委员会报告书中显示大马皇家警队的滥权事件与频频侵犯人权的课题是警队面临最考验的事项3。 因此,人民之声呼吁政府落实皇家调查委员会报告书中的125项建议,并马上成立监督警察滥权委员会《IPCMC


Monday, April 26, 2010

It's time for Malaysia to abolish the death penalty...

Pardons are given by Sultans....and that is why we are looking at the Pakatan Rakyat states to start the ball rolling by at least commuting death penalties to imprisonment sentences...

PETALING JAYA: The Govern­ment should abolish the death sentence, said former Suhakam commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam.

“I feel rather disturbed that there are about 100 people on death row, some for many years,” he said.

He said he was not saying that the pardon system was not working, but that it was “rather slow”.

Siva was one of panellists at the “Human Rights in Malaysia under the New Economic Model” forum held at Universiti Tunku Abdul Rahman (Utar) here yesterday.

“Waiting for the death sentence to be carried out is a bigger punishment than when the judge passes the sentence,” he said.

On another matter, Siva said the people born in this country should be given proper documentation to take over jobs held by foreign workers.

“The Government must speed up the process of giving birth certificates and identification cards to those born here.

“This issue should not be raised only during elections,” he said in reference to the matter being raised in the Hulu Selangor by-election campaign.

Other panellists were Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching and Wong Nai Chee from the MCA National Youth Bureau. The forum, moderated by Utar Centre of International Studies chairman Dr Stephen Leong, was organised by the university’s Centre for Social Change and Trends. - Star, 27/4/2010, Siva: It’s time to abolish death sentence

Thursday, April 08, 2010

Detention Without Trial - Under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 - A SUARAM Statement

Press Statement: 26 March 2010

Blatant Abuse of Power by the Police in Latest DDA Arrest:

Release Actor Benjy Immediately!

SUARAM condemns and expresses its grave concerns over the arrest of actor Khaeryll Benjamin Ibrahim @Benjy under Section 3 of the Dangerous Drugs Act (Special Preventive Measures) 1985 (DDA), which provides for detention without trial up to 60 days, just minutes after he was released by the Magistrate's Court. No grounds were given as why he was arrested under section 3.
Benjy was freed yesterday (25 March 2010) on a RM2,000 bail with one surety but he was re-arrested by a group of 10 plainclothes personnel at 2.50pm, immediately after his mother, actress Azean Irdawaty, posted bail. None of the arresting policemen informed his mother the reasons of Benjy’s re-arrest and instead referred her to their superior officer for more information. Even the lawyers representing Benjy was not allowed by the police to assist Benjy.
Abuse of power and contempt of court
The re-arrest of detainees after being freed by the court is an outright abuse of the system by the police and the government. The use of the DDA or any other preventive detention laws leave those arrested with almost no recourse against wrongful arrest and detention. Worst still, the detainee will most likely face traumatic experiences in the first 60 days of detention under the DDA. SUARAM has documented numerous allegations of flawed police investigations and acts of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment by the police to obtain confession under duress from the DDA detainees.
The use of the DDA, particularly in instances where individuals have already been freed by the court such as the latest case of Benjy, is a blatant abuse of power by the police. Not only has the police disregarded the Magistrate Court ’s decision to release him on bail by detaining him without trial for 60 days, the DDA further confers powers to the Home Minister to sign two-year detention orders which can be renewed indefinitely at the end of the initial 60-day detention. The Home Minister’s decision cannot be challenged in court.
No justification for DDA (the other ISA )!
SUARAM recognizes the responsibility of the Malaysian government to curb crimes and to deal with drugs dealers, drug addicts, criminals, gangs and syndicates. Notwithstanding this, there is no justification for the government to resort to the use laws such as the DDA which violate human rights.
In societies governed by the rule of law, any person suspected of committing a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty by a court of law which complies with international fair trial standards. The use of the DDA, however, is clearly in contravention of this universal principle. As such, like the ISA , the DDA has no place in any civilized society!
SUARAM stresses that the arbitrary detention of any individual without trial is a gross violation of fundamental human rights which clearly contravenes Article 5(3) of the Federal Constitution.
Release Benjy and all other DDA detainees! Abolish the DDA!
SUARAM therefore demands the police to release Benjy immediately and unconditionally.
SUARAM further strongly calls on the government to abolish the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act (DDA) and other detention-without- trial laws. Those held under these laws must be charged in court or released unconditionally.
Released By,
Nalini, E
Campaign against Detention without Trial

Thursday, April 01, 2010

Victim of Police Shooting still seeking justice - Malaysian police can shoot injure/kill the innocent and will not be penalised (or the victim compensated)?

Norizan Salleh, a 30-year-old single mother who was mistakenly shot five times by police officers last year, finally got her wish to take her grouses to Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein.

NONENorizan (right in photo) plans to sue the police force for the serious injuries inflicted by the gunshots when she was travelling in a car with friends on Oct 30, 2009.

She had earlier sought a meeting with the minister to hand over a protest memorandum, but this was turned down.

Accompanied by her lawyer N Surendran, Norizan spoke to Hishammuddin in his office in Parliament for about 10 minutes demanding for justice over the ordeal she had suffered.

During her visit at about 10.20 am, Norizan handed a memorandum to Hishammuddin demanding an investigation against the police officers who shot her.

Hishammuddin did not comment on the matter but a statement was read to reporters by his parliamentary secretary, Markiman Kobiran, said that he will look into the matter and get feedback from the police.
The home minister had told Parliament last month that the Attorney-General's Chambers found no reason to pursue the matter.

"The case has been investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder. The investigation papers have been sent to the deputy public prosecutor who decided not to take any further action on the case."
'Gun pointed at me'

Prior to her meeting, Norizan told reporters that she has no criminal record and criticised the police for their “brutal” treatment and for refusing to foot her RM18,000 medical bill.

NONERecalling the Oct 30 incident, Norizan said she was seated at the back of a vehicle along the Middle Right Road II in Gombak when a police patrol car rode abreast.

She said when she turned to look at the patrol car, she saw a police personnel pointing a gun at her and she immediately ducked. A hail of gunfire followed.

"When we pulled over and I realised I had been shot. The most serious wounds were to my right arm which was shattered by two bullets while another was lodged in the middle of my chest, narrowly missing my heart."

Two more bullets had grazed her arm and torso.

When her vehicle came to a stop, Norizan said she crawled out of the car and she was kicked and stomped on by a police personnel. She claimed that they were from the Sentul district police headquarters.

She later learned from the police personnel that the car she was traveling in was reported stolen in Alor Setar, Kedah.

Following this, Norizan was at the Kuala Lumpur general hospital and National Heart Institute for 12 days where she underwent numerous surgeries to remove the bullets.

She claims that she was told by hospital staff that the police had classified her case as a road accident.
'They were unarmed'
Previous news reports said the car was fitted with a false registration plate and had dangerous weapons such as axes, machetes, knives, falsified road tax stickers and several car keys were found in the vehicle.

The male suspects in the vehicle were later charged in court for the possession of dangerous weapons, obstructing the police from carrying out their duties and failing to produce their identity cards.

Norizan and another female occupant are witnesses in the case.

She has since approached the Bukit Aman Police Headquarters, human rights commision (Suhakam) and MCA complaints' bureau to demand justice and compensation to no avail.

Surendran said his client has no other recourse than to sue the police for damages and to ensure that they be punished for the incident.

"(Imagine) our shock and disappointment despite clear evidence of wrongdoings... the home minister said that the police acted properly," said Surendran.

He added that laws are clear that police can only shoot if there indication of actual danger to them.

"But these were unarmed people... what's the justification? It's a false story by the police, they said they acted in self-defence and said that her car was trying to ram theirs.

"But I can provide evidence because their car was fired on from the back... how could they say they were trying to ram the police while the shots were fired from the back?” he asked.

Minister shows no remorse

Parliamentarians Tian Chua (PKR - Batu), Charles Santiago (DAP - Klang), S Manikavasagam (PKR - Kapar) and Zuraidah Kamaruddin (PKR - Ampang) also lashed out at the authorities for their indifference.

"The minister did not take any responsibility (and has) no remorse. I hope this is not an isolated cause because there have been many times concerning police abuse of power and violence," said Chua.

Zuraidah, on the other hand, praised the Selangor government, which donated RM10,000 to Norizan for her medical expenses.

Santiago added that it is appalling that the government had turned its back on Norizan and others who had suffered at the hands of the authorities.

"She needs justice. Set up inquiry and ensure the culprits face the music," he said.

Earlier, the government had decided not to take action against the Police and the policemen involved...

The government has reiterated its refusal to take action against the police for mistakenly shooting 30-year-old single mother Norizan Salleh five times.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein told the Dewan Rakyat that the Attorney-General's Chambers found no reason to pursue the matter.

NONE"The case has been investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code, for attempted murder. The investigation papers have been sent to the deputy public prosecutor, who decided not to take any further action over the case."

Hishammuddin was replying to a question from Teluk Intan MP M Manogaran, who inquired if any disciplinary or legal action were taken against the police officers involved.

Elaborating, Hishammuddin said it was found that Norizan was in the company of others who were allegedly committing a crime.

"The police had to open fire as the suspects tried to ram into a police vehicle, despite being ordered to halt. Norizan was hit by bullet fragments.

"Furthermore, police investigations have concluded that the suspect's vehicle was reported to have been stolen," he said.

During the incident along the Middle Ring Road II in Kuala Lumpur last October, Norizan miraculously survived five gunshot wounds.

She claimed that she was later dragged out of the car and further assaulted, resulting in a broken rib.

The incident left Norizan with a permanently damaged hand. A bullet lodged close to her heart was also removed. The incident left her with RM18,000 medical bill.

She later took her case to the the Human Rights Commission and federal police headquarters for action against the police personnel involved but her complaints have fallen on deaf ears.

Norizan even tried to set an appointment with Hishammuddin to air her grouses but the latter has refused to meet her.- Malaysiakini, 25/3/2010, Hisham: No action against Norizan's shooters