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24/4/2008 MADPET:- SUHAKAM’S CONDUCT UNBECOMING OF A HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION - Conduct proper inquiry into complaints concerning P. Uthayakumar ***22/4/2008 MADPET SAYS NO TO PROPOSAL TO WHIP ‘MAT REMPIT’***RELEASE P. UTHAYAKUMAR, M.MANOHARAN & ALL DETAINED UNDER ISA AND LAWS THAT ALLOW FOR DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL

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WRITINGS OF CHARLES HECTOR- contains links to selected articles, letters and short comments on socio-political, economic, cultural and human rights issues written by Charles Hector since 2001. Do check out the CHARLES HECTOR BLOG at http://charleshector.blogspot.com/


RELEASE HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS MANOHARAN, UTHAYAKUMAR,...AND ALL DETAINED UNDER MALAYSIA'S DETENTION WITHOUT TRIAL LAWS
URGENT APPEAL FOR THE RELEASE OF MANOHARAN, UTHAYAKUMAR - THE HINDRAF 5

'...22-year-old Kugan, who was detained on Jan 15 on suspicion of being involved in theft, died in police custody 5 days later. His body was riddled with severe lacerations...

a 27-year-old man and 18-year-old teenager being allegedly scalded with hot water at the Brickfields police district headquarters on Dec 23 and Dec 24 2008.7 Policemen were charged in court on 15/1/2009

LAWYERS PROTEST AGAINST ARREST, DETENTION AND HARASSMENT OF LAWYER, WHO WAS CARRYING OUT HIS DUTIES

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"The erosion of fundamental rights and liberties, the manipulation of the media and the blatant undermining of the institutions of state entrusted with the task of upholding the rule of law and ensuring justice and fair play should not go unchallenged! We must refuse to be intimidated.In times like this Malaysians should stand up and be counted.
- Society For Christian Reflection

A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
Edward Abbey

Malaysia has the largest gap between rich and the poor in Southeast Asia, where the top 10 percent is 22.1 times richer than the poorest 10 percent. Malaysia's income gap is higher than Philippines (16.5), Thailand (13.4), Indonesia (7.8) and Vietnam (8.4). The richest 10 percent in Malaysia controls 38.4 percent of the country's economic income as compared to the poorest 10 percent controlling 1.7 percent - Malaysiakini, 2/2/2005 based on United Nations Human Development Report 2004

8.6 percent of households earn below RM1,000, followed by about 29.4 percent of households who earn between RM1,000 and RM2,000.19.8 percent of households are in the RM2001-RM3,000 income bracket, RM3,001-RM4,000 (12.9 percent), RM4,001-RM5,000 (8.6 precent), RM5,001-RM10,000 (15.8 percent) and above RM10,000 (4.9 percent).In short, almost 40 percent of households in Malaysia earn RM2,000 and below.At the other end of the scale, about 20 percent of households earn more than RM5,000 a month. - 9/7/2008, Malaysiakini

In late 2005, the MALAYSIAN Education Minister revealed that out of 4,036 national schools, 794 were without electricity, and 1,555 without toilet facilities....Aliran Monthly Vol 25 (2005): Issue 7

Deputy Education Minister Razali Ismail ...said "70 percent of schools in the country already have access to water and electricity...." and that means that 30 percent of schools do not even have access to water and electricity. (Malaysiakini 6/6/2008, 'One-third of schools lack water, power')

The Malaysian ratio is "2.4 judges to a million people - a far cry from the ratio in India (10.5), Australia (57.1), Britain (50.1) and Canada (75)- Federal Court chief registrar Datuk Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat New Straits Times, 20/9/2006

"...the country was still facing a severe shortage of doctors in government, with only 60% or 13,000 posts filled so far.This meant that the doctor to patient ratio was 1 to 1,145, when the ratio for developed countries was 1 to 600..." - Health Minister Datuk Liow Tiong Lai, Star, 13/6/2008

"Custodial violence, including torture and death in the lock ups, strikes a blow at the Rule of Law, which demands that the powers of the executive should not only be derived from law but also that the same should be limited by law. Custodial violence is a matter of concern. It is aggravated by the fact that it is committed by persons who are supposed to be the protectors of the citizens. It is committed under the shield of uniform and authority in the four walls of a police station or lock up, the victim being totally helpless. The protection of an individual from torture and abuse by the police and other law enforcing officers is a matter of deep concern in a free society". -
    The Supreme Court of India in Basu v State of West Bengal (1997) S.C.Cr. R 371

"...Manikavasagam and Surendren, along with the latter's client, claimed they saw a detainee being tortured by policemen at the Banting police headquarters last Friday..They claimed that the "...man, in his 20s, was gagged with white tape and his hands bound behind his back..." - Malay Mail 2/11/2005

In Malaysia "...from 1990 till September last year[2004], a total of 1,583 deaths among prisoners were recorded in 28 prisons nationwide, with the highest number in 2003 when 279 inmates died. During the same period, 150 detainees died in police lock-ups or custody" (statistics from a 49-page parliamentary written reply by Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi)
- Feb 7, 2005,Malaysiakini

1,535 Deaths in Custody in Malaysia between 2003 and 2007. 85 deaths recorded in police lock-ups during the 2003-2007 period, of this 77 was due to diseases, seven due to suicide and one due to fight in the cell -The Deputy Home Minister told Parliment on 8/7/2008

ABOUT 1,300 illegal foreigners have died during detention in the past six years, Malaysia Nanban quoted Malaysian Human Rights (Suhakam) commissioner Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam as saying...He said many of them died in immigration detention centres, prisons and police lockups because they were denied medical treatment at the right time.- Star, 18/12/2008 - 1,300 foreign detainees died due to neglect

A TOTAL of 2,571 detainees died of various diseases while being held in the country’s prisons, rehabilitation centres and illegal immigrant detention depots between 1999 and 2008, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said. The illnesses included HIV/AIDS, septicaemia, tuberculosis, cancer, heart and blood diseases and asthma. He said the detainees also died due to suicides and fights.A total of 153 detainees died while in police custody during the same period.- Star, 24/3/2009 2,571 detainees died in past nine years

MALAYSIA executed 358 people by hanging in the past 24 years
- 7 February, 2005,Malaysiakini -

52 people were sentenced to death from 2004 until July 2005. Of these, 36 were convicted for drug offences. This disclosure brings the number of persons on death row to approximately 173. In November 2003, it was said that there were 121 persons, including 4 women, on the death row.
- 19 February, 2006, MADPET -

Up to 18,000 'illegal' immigrants are reported to have been caned in Malaysian prisons within the last two years, and another 16,900 are awaiting this punishment
- Amnesty International Report, Malaysia: Human rights at risk in mass deportation of undocumented migrants, 2/12/2004

As at May 31 2008, 63 persons are currently detained under the Internal Security Act 1960, 715 persons are being held under the Emergency (Public Order and Crime Prevention) Ordinance 1969, while 1,062 are detained under the Dangerous Drugs (Special Preventive Measures) Act 1985 - Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar, 12/7/2008 (Parliamentary Reply)

Death Penalty In Malaysia

ABOLISH ALL PREVENTIVE DETENTION LAWS IN MALAYSIA

WE WANT THE RIGHT TO ONE PHONE CALL WHEN ARRESTED IN MALAYSIA



WE WANT THE RIGHT OF ACCESS TO A LAWYER IMMEDIATELY AFTER ARREST BY THE POLICE

REMOVE THE "RIGHTS VIOLATING SHACKLES" FROM MALAYSIAN LAWYERS, INCLUDING THE PROVISIONS THAT RESTRICTS LAWYERS BELOW 7 YEARS FROM HOLDING OFFICE AND/OR PARTICIPATING IN ANY COMMITTEES/SUB-COMMITTEES OF THE MALAYSIAN BAR AT ALL LEVELS

ABOLISH DEATH PENALTY IN MALAYSIA


ORANG MINYAK and the INVASION of IRAQ
UN'S FAILURE & US HEGEMONY

Published by Society For Christian Reflections (SCR), 77, Jalan SS2/75, 47300 Petaling Jaya, Selangor, MALAYSIA
June 2003
Price: RM3-00 (for Malaysia) or USD3 (include RM1 or USD1 for postage)

This book deals with some of the issues surrounding the Iraq Invasion, taking a special look at the role of the UN, and especially the need for UN reforms.

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