Sunday, February 26, 2017

UN special rapporteur seeks halt to execution of brothers

UN special rapporteur seeks halt to execution of brothers

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The United Nations Special Rapporteur on summary executions, Agnes Callamard, has appealed for a halt to the execution of two brothers convicted of a 2006 murder.

“To proceed with their execution would be in flagrant violation of international standards for the application of the death penalty and would be tantamount to an arbitrary execution,” the UN human rights expert warned.

“There are strong indications that the death penalty may be carried out against the Batumalai brothers following judicial procedures that do not fulfil the most stringent guarantees of fair trial and due process,” said Callamard, stressing that fundamental safeguards had not been observed.

She based this on reports that the brother's claims were disregarded by the court, which failed to call the dead man’s wife as a witness, whose testimony may have corroborated theirs.

The police also reportedly failed to take blood samples and fingerprints to establish any direct link to the accused brothers to the crime.

Suthar Batumalai and B Ramesh Batumalai, were given the death penalty in 2010 for their alleged involvement in a killing four years earlier. During trial, both men pleaded innocent, and have maintained that they intervened only to stop two other men who were attacking the victim.

Having exhausted all legal avenues of appeal, they were set to face execution yesterday.

A new clemency petition was submitted on Feb 23 for consideration by the Negri Sembilan ruler, as the murder case occurred in the state, and the Pardons Board.

Callamard said: “I urge the authorities to approve this clemency request. The executions of the Batumalai brothers must be halted immediately, and they should be re-tried in compliance with international standards.”
 
The expert also warned against the mandatory use of the death penalty in Malaysia for various crimes, like murder.
“Legislation that leaves courts with no choice but to impose death sentences for specific crimes violates various human rights standards.

A mandatory death sentence necessarily fails to take into account mitigating circumstances that might otherwise show the specific crime to be less serious,” she said.

The execution of the two brothers yesterday was put off, but is reported to have been rescheduled.

Double Execution in Less than 12 Hours Must Be Stopped, Amnesty International Malaysia Says

23 February 2017

PRESS STATEMENT

Double Execution in Less than 12 Hours Must Be Stopped, Amnesty International Malaysia Says

Brothers Rames and Suthar Batumalai have less than 12 hours before they  face the noose if the authorities do not stop the execution in view of a pending clemency application.

The clemency application was submitted to the Negri Sembilan Pardons Board today by Haresh Mahadevan & Co, and it must be given time to review the application. The executions must not go on, Amnesty International Malaysia Executive Director Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu said tonight. No executions must be carried out while appeals are pending.

“Late last night, we learned that Rames and Suthar were scheduled to be executed in Kajang Prison on Friday morning, which mean they have less than 12 hours to live now. The family is distraught and are appealing to the Yang Di Pertuan Negri Sembilan to spare their lives. ,” she said.

The family of Rames, 44, and Suthar, 39, was only informed yesterday that they should visit the brothers for the last time today ahead of their execution “soon”. Amnesty International sighted the letter.

Rames and Suthar were mandatorily sentenced to death in April 2010 under Section 302 of the Penal Code after they were found guilty of a murder committed on 4 February 2006. On 22 February 2017 the pair was moved from their separate detention facilities to Kajang prison where the executions are set to take place tomorrow. International law prohibits the use of the mandatory death penalty.

“The death penalty can never be justified regardless of the crime committed. The authorities must immediately take a step to prevent this double execution,” Shamini said.

Amnesty International believes that the brothers, who were represented at trial by the same lawyer, were convicted on the basis of circumstantial evidence alone. During the trial they claimed that they had intervened to stop two other men from attacking and killing the deceased, claims which were disregarded by the High Court. The Court also failed to call a key witness, the deceased’s wife, to testify. Her testimony could have corroborated the brothers’ version of the facts and the involvement of the two other men in the murder.

“The 1984 UN Safeguards guaranteeing protection of the rights of those facing the death penalty provide that the death penalty be imposed ‘only when the guilt of the person charged is based upon clear and convincing evidence leaving no room for an alternative explanation of the facts’ and this has not been made clear in this instance.”


Amnesty International has issued an Urgent Action to its global network to intervene on the executions and is also appealing to the Ruler of Negeri Sembilan state to stop the execution.

The secretive nature of executions in Malaysia has been consistently criticised by Amnesty International. Information is hardly made publicly available on individual death penalty cases and families are often informed merely days before that their loved ones will be executed.

“The lack of transparency around executions in Malaysia is a violation of international law and standards. Families must have sufficient time to prepare for the last visit and take any further recourse available at the national or international level.” Shamini said.

There is no conclusive evidence that the death penalty has a unique deterrent effect on crime.

“Amnesty International Malaysia does not downplay the seriousness of crimes committed, but we urge the authorities to consider introducing more effective crime prevention measures that respect human rights instead of continuously using one that has no merit. Amnesty International Malaysia calls on the Malaysian government to put a stop to the double execution and impose a moratorium on executions immediately with a view to full abolition."
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For more information please contact:
Devika Santhosh Nair
Communications Coordinator
Amnesty International Malaysia
+60 17 6506416 or devika@aimalaysia.org

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Much obliged,

Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu
Executive Director
Amnesty International Malaysia

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

HRD Lena Hendry found Guilty - A Sad day for Human Rights?

On 21/2/2017, Human Rights Defender, Lena Hendry, has been found GUILTY by the Magistrate Court, and another date was fixed for sentencing.  The charge under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine of up to RM30,000 or both if convicted..




See earlier related posts:- 

ARTICLE 19, ALIRAN, PROHAM, NUBE,WH4C & 111 Others say Drop Charges against Lena Hendry

Lena Hendry - Drop Charges says ICJ, Article 19, FIDH, Front Line, OMCT & 116 other groups

HR Defender Lena Hendry Acquitted by Court - Draconian law remains..?


Remember:-

On 10/3/2016, she was acquitted by the Magistrate Court 

Activist Lena Hendry has been acquitted of the charge of screening a film on the Sri Lankan killing fields, which had not been approved by the Censorship Board.... "The magistrate has found that the prosecution has failed to prove a prima facie case against her (Hendry) and has therefore acquitted her,...
But the government did not let go, and the prosecution appealed to the High Court...and on 21/9/2016, the High Court allowed the appeal, and
Judicial Commissioner Shariff Abu Samah set aside the Magistrate Court’s order which acquitted Lena in March at the end of the prosecution’s case...The High Court ordered Lena Hendry, an activist, to enter defence
Not sure whether there was an appeal to the Court of Appeal, but in any event , the trial at the Magistrate's Court continued, and Lena Hendry has now been found guilty...


Tuesday, 21 February 2017 | MYT 4:48 PM

Activist Lena Hendry disappointed over conviction




KUALA LUMPUR: Activist Lena Hendry was convicted by a magistrate's court over the charge of screening a Sri Lankan civil war documentary that had not been approved by the Censorship Board.

Hendry, 32, who stood expressionless in the dock upon hearing the verdict, said she was disappointed with the judgment.

"We will definitely appeal. No proof to convict me," Hendry, who was accompanied by her lawyer New Sin Yew, told reporters here Tuesday.

Her well-wishers, friends and supporters surrounded her after the judgment, and they hugged and consoled her.

A supporter of her was holding a placard saying "Human Rights Documentaries are not dangerous".

One of those present in the public gallery was Ivy Josiah, who is Hakam's (National Human Rights Society) exco member and former executive director of Women Aid Organisation.

Josiah said she was disappointed over the ruling, saying that "the film had been shown everywhere in the world."

In his judgment, magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris ruled that the defence had failed to raise reasonable doubts in the case.

"The accused is found guilty," he told the packed courtroom.

Mohd Rehan ordered both parties to file their respective submissions and set March 22 for sentencing.
He also extended Hendry's bail of RM1,000 pending disposal of the case.

A High Court had on Sept 21, 2016 set aside an acquittal order against Hendry and ordered her to enter her defence over the charge.

In reversing her acquittal order, Judicial Commissioner Mohamad Shariff Abu Samah found that there was a prima facie case against Hendry.

Mohd Rehan had on March 10 last year acquitted Hendry after ruling that the prosecution had failed to prove the case against her at the end of their case.

A total of eight prosecution witnesses and three defence witnesses, including Hendry, had given sworn evidence in the trial. 

Hendry, who was also the programme coordinator for a human rights group Pusat Komas, claimed trial in a magistrate’s court on Sept 19, 2013 to illegally screening the documentary “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka".

The film directed by British national Callum Macrae explores the alleged oppression by the Sri Lankan government of Tamils in the island nation.

She was said to have committed the offence at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall at Jalan Maharajalela here at 9pm on July 3, 2013.  

The charge under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act 2002 carries a jail term of up to three years or a fine of up to RM30,000 or both if convicted. DPP Nurakmal Farhan Aziz prosecuted the case

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/02/21/activist-lena-hendry-disappointed-over-conviction/#Cr0umC5heUWR3EFs.99
RESPONSES

21 February 2017
Conviction of Lena Hendry Another Blow to Freedom of Expression!
Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) finds the decision to convict Lena Hendry by the magistrate court under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Board regrettable and flawed in nature.
The absence of adequate evidence led to Lena’s initial accquital was sound as there was a lack of evidence on part of the prosecution in their charges. The subsequent conviction of Lena on 21st February depart from this and utilized the flawed system in Malaysia which undo the presumption of innocence that serve as the foundation of any common law based criminal justice system. Convicting the defense based on their inability to prove beyond reasonable doubt of their innocence remains a blatant trangression against the right to fair trial and Lena’s conviction marks another injustice by the Malaysian criminal justice system.
On top of the manifest injustice in her conviction, the attempt to punish an individual for screening a documentary is reprehensible on many levels. A documentary is often made to serve as a historical record of an event that transpired and leaves a legacy or story that can be viewed by the future generations. Censoring or preventing documentaries from being screened does not protect the public but only serve to protect select groups by hiding an inconvinient truth and deprive future generations of important knowledge on history.

Furthermore an attempt to punish an individual for allegedly screening ‘No Fire Zone’ is contemptible to say the least as the act of preventing the screening tantamounts to protecting those who may have committed crime against humanity. if the Malaysian government seeks to protect others against genocide and crime against humanity, why is it now complicit in protecting those who may have commited crime against humanity.

SUARAM reiterate our strongest condemnation against the repression of freedom of expression by the Malaysian government and stand in solidarity with Lena Hendry in her fight for human rights and democracy!

In Solidarity
Sevan Doraisamy
Executive Director
SUARAM

Malaysia: Convicted for Showing a Film
Prosecution of Lena Hendry Violates Right to Free Expression

(Bangkok, February 22, 2017) – A Malaysian court’s conviction of rights activist Lena Hendry for her role in showing a documentary film violates her right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said today. On February 21, 2017, a Kuala Lumpur court found Hendry guilty of organizing a private screening of the award-winning human rights documentary, “No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka,” without censorship board approval nearly four years ago. She will be sentenced on March 22, and faces fines and up to three years in prison.

“It’s an outrageous assault on basic free expression that Lena Hendry could go to prison for helping to show a documentary film,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “This prosecution is part of the Malaysian government’s disturbing pattern of harassment and intimidation of those seeking to raise public awareness of human rights issues.”

Hendry, a former staff member of the human rights group Pusat KOMAS, was convicted under section 6 of Malaysia’s Film Censorship Act, which prohibits the “circulation, distribution, display, production, sale, hire” or “possession” of any film, whether imported or domestically produced, without first obtaining approval from the government-appointed Board of Censors. Malaysia’s highest court
rejected a constitutional challenge to the law in September 2015. A magistrate acquitted her of the charge in March 2016, finding that the government had failed to make a basic case showing her guilt. On September 21, 2016, the High Court reversed Hendry’s acquittal and ordered a resumption of the case after the government appealed.

Bringing criminal penalties for possessing or privately showing a film without government approval violates freedom of expression by imposing a disproportionate burden on a fundamental right, Human Rights Watch said.

The Film Censorship Act is rarely invoked, and Pusat KOMAS regularly screens films on politics, human rights, culture, and other issues without censorship board approval, with admission by pre-registration only.

The prosecution in this case appears to have been motivated by the Malaysian government’s desire to appease Sri Lankan embassy officials, who had publicly demanded that the film not be shown and visited the venue on the day of the film’s showing to urge the venue’s managers to cancel the event. “No Fire Zone” tells the story of war crimes committed in the last months of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, including Sri Lankan army shelling that indiscriminately killed thousands of civilians and the extrajudicial executions of captured fighters and supporters of the secessionist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

“The Film Censorship Act violates rights by giving the government the power to arbitrarily suppress films it doesn’t want Malaysians to see, and to prosecute those who dare to show them,” Robertson said. “Malaysia should scrap this draconian law’s criminal penalties, revise it to comply with international rights standards, and allow Malaysian citizens to view films of their choosing.”

For more Human Rights Watch reporting on Malaysia, please visit: https://www.hrw.org/asia/malaysia

Penyata Cetak Bank DiPos Amat perlu oleh Rakyat Malaysia? Hak dinafikan tanpa persetujuan terdahulu penguna?

Penyata Cetak Akaun Bank yang dihantar setiap hari oleh Maybank nampaknya sudah tiada - kini mereka mahu kita layari internet dan dapatkan penyata secara sendiri...Kalau penguna secara khusus tak setuju, ini salah? Atau adakah kerajaan UMNO-BN secara salah membenarkan ini?

Please be informed that Maybank will no longer be mailing any hard copy bank statements to customers. You can now conveniently access your e-Statement (online statement) via Maybank2u and receive via your registered e-mail address. With e-Statement, you can view, download or print your bank statements anytime.- Maybank2u.com
Tindakan tak wajar dan tidak mengambil kira hakikat rakyat Malaysia...

Berapa orang sebenarnya mempunyai akses kepada internet? Dan juga printer? 

Kini ramai memilih untuk membuka akaun bank, di mana mereka akan dibekalkan penyata cetak melalui pos ... Jika tidak mahu penyata bulanan, mereka akan hanya buka akaun simpanan sahaja - di mana untuk ini hanya ada buku akaun sahaja...nak update kena pi bank dan update...Sekarang kena cari bank baru, yang akan terus memberikan penyata akaun cetak setiap bulan. Atau adakah ini tindakan kerajaan UMNO-BN yang 'memaksa' semua bank memberhentikan penghantaran penyata cetak?

Jika penguna 'internet banking' sahaja tidak dihantar penyata bulanan melalui pos - mungkin boleh terima...Tetapi, untuk ramai orang, penyata bank cetak ini penting - untuk pasti gaji masuk, untuk pastikan duit pencen masuk, untuk memastikan dividend pelaburan saham masuk, memastikan anak ada masuk wang dalam akaun bank,....kini, ada pula 'auto-pay' banyak bil - ini bererti pihak pembekal akan terus potong dari akaun bank anda, kini ada pula Visa 'pay wave' - jadi kena pastikan juga tak ada wang yang tak dibelanjakan tidak terkeluar dari akaun...Jika membayar melalui cek, nak pastikan cek tersebut sudah diterima dan ditunaikan....

Saya sendiri yang biasa guna komputer dan internet - tetapi memilih untuk tidak mengunakan 'phone banking' atau 'internet banking'...kan, itu pilihan penguna...Saya mahu penyata cetak kerana senang dibaca dan seterusnya disimpan dalam fail...Ada ramai yang tak suka baca dikomputer atau 'smart phone' - lebih gemar baca dokumen cetak...[Berapa ramai ada Printer di rumah untuk cetak, ingat banyak majikan tak akan benarkan pekerja mencetak di tempat kerja dokumen peribadi...malah ada juga majikan yang menghalang pengunaan komputer tempat kerja untuk urusan peribadi...]

Warga tua juga bergantung kepada penyata akaun ini, peniaga pun bergantung kepada penyata akaun ini...yang biasa disimpan dalam fail...Perbandingan penyata akaun dengan rekod sendiri juga senang ada penyata bank cetak ditangan...

Taktik 'berhenti hantar penyata cetak' - sangat menyusahkan rakyat dan penguna - kini tak ada penyata...sukar untuk kita pastikan apa-apa salah laku berlaku...kenapa? Oh tak ada internet..tak tahu guna internet dan komputer...dan juga tak ada PRINTER untuk cetak dan periksa dan simpan...Penguna, bila menyimpan wang dalam sesuatu bank, mahukan faedah(tapi faedah pun kini di Malaysia terlampau rendah) dan mereka mahukan perkhidmatan(mendapat penyata bercetak setiap bulan...dan kemudahan mengeluarkan wang dengan senang, atau buat urusan wang yang lain...Bila masuk perjanjian dengan bank, bank kata akan hantar penyata bercetak setiap bulan - kini bank 'pecah kontrak' tanpa persetujuan khusus penguna?


PERJANJIAN DI ANTARA BANK DAN PENGUNA senang sahaja secara salah diubah satu pihak - iaitu bank? Bukankah ini salah? Ini tak boleh...sebab jika mahu menukar perjanjian, perlu persetujuan kedua-dua pihak...

Kini bank telah memecah kontrak tanpa persetujuan 'penguna' - salah...

Kini nampaknya, Bank macam mahu PAKSA rakyat bersetuju secara tidak langsung, 'memaksa' penguna setuju tidak mahu terima penyata bercetak melalui pos...kalau tak setuju, kamu tak boleh pun dapat penyata melalui emel...Lihat langkah ke-3 untuk mendapatkan penyata melalui emel dibawah...
Registration via email:
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STEP 2: Select "Bills & Statements" and then "Statements".
STEP 3: If you are a first time user, you will be prompted to "Accept Stop Hardcopy notification". Click Accept.
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STEP 5: Click ‘Confirm' to complete registration.- Maybank2u.com
Mengenakan syarat sebegini adalah salah. Menurut pendapat saya, hak menerima penyata cetak melalui pos harus dihormati - Jika pengguna mahu guna cara lain untuk melihat akaun mereka, sama ada secara 'online' atau untuk mendapat penyata menerusi emel, itu hak tambahan...Hak sedia ada tak harus dilepaskan...


Sebab lain mengapa penyata cetak yang dijana Maybank diperlukan? Ia merupakan dokumen yang jelas dikeluarkan Maybank - boleh digunakan sebagai bukti untuk apa-apa tuntutan... Penyata ONLINE dicetak hitam puteh oleh 'pengguna' mungkin tidak akan diterima sebagai bukti di Mahkamah atau oleh pihak lain? Boleh pula dakwaan timbul, ia bukan dokumen yang dijana Maybank...Maklumat Online boleh juga kena 'hack' atau ditukar bila-bila masa...Bank sendiri boleh tukar...justeru penyata janaan Maybank yang dicetak Maybank sendiri adalah bukti terkuat...dan tidak boleh dipertikaikan oleh bank tersebut pun kemudian hari...? [Berapa orang ada akses kepada Printer? Kos Printer, Kertas dan Dakwat Printer semua ditanggung pengguna. Kalau mahu cetak dokumen dikedai - kos kini tak kurang daripada RM2 satu muka surat, itu pun hitam putih bukan warna...]

Mereka yang telah dahulu ditanya dan telah jelas setuju tidak mahu terima penyata cetak terus dari Maybank, bank tersebut bolehlah hantar penyata melalui emel atau cara lain...saperti mana dipersetujui kedua-dua pihak, bank dan pengguna..

Kini penyata bulanan tak sampai beberapa bulan, bila mahu lihat penyata dilaman, mereka kata 'setuju dulu tak mahu lagi terima penyata cetak melalui pos biasa' - tak adil.

Kini simpan wang dalam bank, faedah terlalu rendah - kini penyata bulanan pun tak mahu dihantar melalui pos...

Kini ramai terpaksa minta pihak bank untuk akaun cetak, kemungkinan bank pula akan kenakan caj...Saya berpendirian bahawa bank seharusnya tidak mengenakan apa-apa caj untuk permintaan kini untuk penyata cetak bulanan...

Harus diingat, ATM pun kini tak boleh dapat lihat atau cetak penyata akaun bulanan...yang dapat dilihat pun disetengah bank hanya 'Mini Statement' ...untuk beberapa transaksi terkini untuk jangkamasa tertentu...ATM pun kini tak wujud disemua tempat ...kini ramai kena pi bandar untuk guna ATM. Tambahan pula, kini setengah bank sedang tutup cawangan dibandar-bandar kecil...

Kerajaan harus serta merta memastikan semua bank menghantar kepada semua penguna penyata cetak melalui pos untuk setiap bulan hingga kini mulai masa bank berhenti berbuat demikian...

Bank, seterusnya mesti mendapat persetujuan bertandatangan dari penguna, jika mereka mahu berhenti penyata bercetak janaan Bank melalui pos.. Kalau tak dapat persetujuan, bank harus terus penghantaran penyata cetak melalui pos...[Mungkin setengah mungkin setuju tak perlu hantar setiap bulan, 3 bulan sekali OK...}. Bagi penguna akan datang syarat perjanjian jika kata penyata hanya boleh dilihat online atau akan dihantar melalui emel, dan penguna setuju...itu OK. 

Saya percaya bahawa penguna baru (dan sedia ada) ramai akan tukar kepada bank yang terus akan menghantar penyata cetak melalui pos. Kerajaan atau Bank Negara harus tidak memaksa bank berhentikan perkhidmatan(atau perkhidmatan baru)  yang bank mahu berikan kepada penguna...itu hak bank...

Mengapa ini berlaku? Mahu jimat wang - kerana ada bank milikan kerajaan atau kroni hadapi masalah berkaitan dengan 1MDB, RM2 billion dalam akaun peribadi Najib, penurunan nilai ringgit....? 


Mengapa ini berlaku? Mahu jimat kertas - GST kini semua kena berikan resit panjang kepada penguna...Tak logik.

Mungkin Menteri, MP dan 'yang kaya' ada komputer dirumah, internet dan juga mesin cetak warna...senang untuk mereka - tapi fikirkan RAKYAT yang tidak ada semua ini, yang kurang pendapatan... Yang miskin kini tak tahu pun berapa wang masuk dan keluar dan untuk apa...Pegerakan wang dalam akaun bank mereka kini 'tersembunyi' - senang pula mereka ditipu...Adakah ini hasrat kerajaan UMNO-BN.

Kalau, di Thailand, Bank buka sampai malam - senang orang pi buat urusan bank - tak payah pi bank masa kerja? Di negara lain, nak update buku akaun pun senang boleh dibuat dimesin ATM...Mesin ATM yang boleh deposit cek atau wang tunai berada di banyak lokasi - di Malaysia kini hanya ATM dibanyak lokasi - hanya untuk keluar wang atau buat 'bayaran' online mengunakan wang sedia ada dalam akaun - setiap lokasi pun kebanyakkan di bandar saja???

Tindakan berhenti menghantar penyata cetak bulanan kepada penguna melalui pos menyusahkan rakyat - Adakah UMNO-BN peduli? Adakah parti pembangkang peduli? Ingatlah mereka yang kurang berpendatan, warga tua, dll..    

 



Monday, February 20, 2017

Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote



JOINT STATEMENT

19 February 2017

Philippines: House of Representatives must uphold international law obligations ahead of first death penalty vote

Ahead of the first vote on the proposed legislative amendments to reintroduce the death penalty in the Philippines, the undersigned organizations are calling on the country’s lawmakers to uphold its international law obligations and vote against the measure. The move would set the Philippines against its positive achievements in this area and the global trend towards abolition of the death penalty.

On 20 February the House of Representatives of the Philippines is expected to vote on a Bill to reintroduce the death penalty for a wide range of offences. The move would violate the country’s intended obligations under international law. In 2007 the Philippines ratified the Second Optional Protocol of the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights that categorically prohibits executions and commits the country to the abolition of this punishment. These obligations cannot be withdrawn at any time.

We remain concerned at the “U turn” that the present administration is proposing for the country on the issue of the death penalty. Since its abolition of the death penalty − for the second time − in 2006, the Philippines has been a strong advocate of the abolition of the death penalty and has championed several initiatives to this aim in international forums. It has also worked to commute the death sentences imposed on Filipino nationals abroad, such as overseas workers. The legal assistance and political pressure that the authorities of the Philippines have provided to those facing this punishment in other countries has undoubtedly contributed to the protection of their rights, including the right to a fair trial, and could become ineffective if moves were made to re-introduce this penalty back home.

As of today, 141 countries have abolished the death penalty in law or practice; several governments are taking steps to repeal this punishment from national law.

The reasons countries abolish the death penalty are many and include the fact that there is no evidence that killing by the state deters crime, and much evidence to the contrary; that the death penalty invariably discriminates against the poor and disadvantaged, and that society and the state are seriously harmed and brutalised by descending to the act of killing prisoners.

A move to reintroduce this punishment would set the Philippines starkly against the global trend towards abolition. We oppose the death penalty in all cases and under any circumstances as a violation of the right to life, recognized by the Universal Declaration on Human Rights; and as the ultimate cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment.

We renew our call on the members of the House of Representatives of the Philippines to ensure its international commitments are respected and the Bill to reintroduce the death penalty is rejected.

This statement is signed by:

ACAT-Philippines
ADPAN-Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network
Amnesty International
Death Penalty Focus
ECPM-Ensemble Contre la Peine de Mort
FIACAT-Federation of Actions of Christians for the Abolition of Torture
FIDH-International Federation for Human Rights
MADPET-Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture
Reprieve-Australia

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Keadilan boleh dicapai pekerja jika ada kesangguppan berjuang? Sumbangan KWSP?

Jika mahu berjuang untuk hak asasi dan keadilan, pekerja boleh berjaya...Bila hak dicabul, merunggut sahaja tidak menyelesaikan masalah...yang penting adalah terus berjuang sehingga keadilan di capai...

Di dalam kes, majikan gagal membayar sumbangan KWSP ...dan satu halangan menjadi surat keluaran KWSP sendiri ...kebanyakkan orang akan terus 'menyerah' kerana KWSP sendiri nampaknya menyatakan majikan tak buat salah....tetapi pekerja ini teruskan perjuangan...dan akhirnya mencapai kemenangan...surat KWSP itu tidak menyatakan apa yang benar..

"..Majikan telah menggunakan surat daripada pegawai KWSP sebagai kata muktamad dalam rundingan itu. Dalam surat tersebut, pegawai KWSP menyokong tindakan majikan yang menegaskan perkongsian untung yang dibayar tidak perlu dicarumkan dalam KWSP. Apabila pihak pekerja membawa surat itu ke KWSP cawangan Batu Caves sebagai tujuan pengesahan, pihak pegawai di sana menekankan bahawa surat berkenaan tidak sepatutnya dikeluarkan kerana ianya bercanggah sama sekali dengan akta KWSP..."
In satu contoh bagaimana perjuangan bukan senang tetapi jika kita teruskan perjuangan dengan keyakinan tanpa perasaan takut...keadilan boleh dicapai. Perjuangan seorang mungkin senang ditangkis - tetapi perjuangan yang mempunyai sokongan dan solidariti ramai...sukar diketepikan. 

Tak ada kesatuan sekerja, tetapi pekerja kilang ini telah 'Organize" dan berjaya ramai pekerja untuk berjuang mendapatkan keadilan dan akhirnya dapat...

Pengalaman ini memberikan kita inspirasi ...memberikan kita keyakinan bahawa bukan mustahil menang dalam perjuangan menentang majikan atau mereka kuat...Hanya perlukan komitmen dan kesanggupan akan berjuang bersungguh-sungguh, tanpa takut ... 




Pekerja Kilang Ais Meraikan Kemenangan

Pekerja Kilang Ais Meraikan Kemenangan

Posted by trotsky1917
PEKERJA KILANG ATLAS EDIBLE AIS DI KEPONG DAN BATU CAVES MERAIKAN KEMENANGAN DALAM PERJUANGAN MENUNTUT CARUMAN KWSP KE ATAS KOMISEN
Hampir RM800,000 berjaya dituntut oleh 100 pekerja Kilang Atlas Edible Ais di Kepong dan Batu Caves!

RM5 juta yang dilesapkan oleh majikan daripada 23 cawangan Kilang Atlas Edible Ais di Lembah Kelang, Selangor dan Negeri Sembilan berjaya dituntut!

Lebih 1000 pekerja daripada 23 cawangan mendapat manfaat.

Pemotongan bulanan caruman KWSP untuk komisen berjaya dituntut!

Dengan solidariti dan kepimpinan yang mantap, pekerja mampu menang!

Pada 18hb. Februari yang lalu, Persatuan Pekerja Kilang Atlas Edible Ais Kepong dan Batu Caves menganjurkan majlis jamuan di perkarangan kilang untuk meraikan kemenangan mereka dalam perjuangan menuntut hak ke atas pemotongan caruman KWSP ke atas komisen.

Pada bulan Ogos 2016, pihak KWSP telah memaklumkan kepada Jawatankuasa Pekerja Atlas Ais Kepong dan Batu Caves bahawa majikan Kilang Atlas Edible Ais telah didapati bersalah akibat tidak mencarum KWSP untuk komisen, dan dengan itu KWSP akan menuntut supaya pembayaran caruman tidak dibayar selama ini dibayar balik ke tabung KWSP pekerja.

Ini adalah kejayaan kepada perjuangan pekerja Atlas Ais di cawangan Kepong dan Batu Caves, hasil pembinaan solidariti pekerja, serta perjuangan mereka untuk mendedahkan penipuan serta menuntut hak pekerja. Kejayaan ini juga memberikan manfaat kepada pekerja Kilang Atlas Edible Ais di cawangan-cawangan yang lain.

Dengan kejayaan ini, KWSP telah memaklumkan bahawa majikan akan membayar hampir RM800,000 ringgit ke tabung KWSP pekerja untuk seramai 100 orang pekerja Atlas Ais di Kepong dan Batu Caves. Pihak KWSP juga telah memaklumkan bahawa mereka juga telah menuntut majikan kilang Atlas Ais untuk membuat pembayaran hampir RM5 juta untuk 23 cawangan lain di kawasan Lembah Kelang dan Negeri Sembilan.

Kejayaan ini juga telah merangsang pekerja Kilang Atlas Edible Ais menubuhkan Jawatankuasa pekerja serta Persatuan Pekerja untuk terus membina solidariti pekerja serta memperjuangan hak dan kebajikan pekerja. Sosialis Alternatif telah bersama dengan pekerja Atlas untuk membina dan memantapkan perjuangan tersebut.

LATAR BELAKANG PERJUANGAN

Kejayaan ini adalah susulan daripada protes dan aduan pekerja di KWSP pada bulan Jun 2016 yang lepas, di mana lebih 80 pekerja Atlas Edible Ice Sdn Bhd, cawangan Kepong dan Batu Caves turun untuk membantah komplot majikan dan pegawai KWSP dalam penipuan ke atas caruman KWSP ke atas komisen. Dengan berbekalkan sepanduk, kain rentang seperti “Lebih 20 Tahun Majikan Tipu Pekerja”, “Jutaan Ringgit Dari Akaun KWSP Pekerja Lesap “ dan sebagainya, para pekerja turun membantah komplot dan penipuan majikan di Bangunan Ibu Pejabat KWSP Jalan Raja Laut, Kuala Lumpur.

Para pekerja yang terlibat adalah terdiri daripada pemandu dan pembantu lori yang memasarkan dan menghantar ais ke seluruh restoran di sekitar Lembah Klang. Dengan penghantaran an pemasaran ais, mereka akan memperoleh komisen berdasarkan jumlah jualan harian (dalam tan). Manakala bayaran komisen pula akan dibuat secara bulanan berdasarkan jumlah berat yang terkumpul.

Seksyen 2 Akta KWSP menetapkan bahawa “Semua saraan dalam bentuk wang yang kena dibayar kepada pekerja di bawah kontrak perkhidmatan atau perantisan sama ada ia dipersetujui untuk dibayar secara bulanan, mingguan, harian atau selainnya. Antara bayaran yang dikenakan caruman KWSP: Gaji , Bayaran bagi cuti rehat tahunan dan cuti sakit yang tidak digunakan, Bonus, Elaun, Komisen, Insentif, Tunggakan upah, Upah bagi cuti bersalin, Upah bagi cuti belajar, Upah bagi cuti separuh gaji dan bayaran-bayaran lain di bawah kontrak perkhidmatan atau sebaliknya.”

Namun, selama ini majikan di Atlas Edible Ice tidak membuat caruman untuk komisen berkenaan. Tambahan pula, majikan dengan sengaja menukar dari komisen ke ‘perkongsian untung’ hanya selepas tahun 2006 tanpa pengetahuan pekerja sedangkan bidang pekerjaan masih sama. Tindakan tersebut menjelaskan bahawa majikan bukan sahaja tidak mencarum, malah satu penipuan yang dirancang teliti telah berlaku sekian lama.

Isu penyelewengan yang sama juga pernah berlaku di Atlas cawangan Nilai, dan akibat didesak oleh para pekerja Nilai akhirnya majikan bersetuju untuk membuat pembayaran secara tunai. Majikan terpaksa membuat perjanjian pembayaran secara tunai pada November 2015 terhadap duit caruman KWSP ke atas komisen yang tidak dibayar dengan syarat perkara itu tidak tersebar ke cawangan Atlas lain. Akibat pendedahan dan tuntutan pekerja Atlas Nilai, majikan juga telah mula mencarum KWSP untuk komisen di Atlas cawangan Nilai pada bulan Mei 2015, dan di cawangan-cawangan lain pada bulan Oktober 2015.

Malangnya, para pekerja turut mendapati terdapat usaha komplot dalaman daripada pegawai KWSP dengan pihak majikan. Para pekerja Kepong dan Batu Caves telah melakukan dua rundingan dengan majikan mengenai caruman yang tidak dibayar. Majikan telah menggunakan surat daripada pegawai KWSP sebagai kata muktamad dalam rundingan itu. Dalam surat tersebut, pegawai KWSP menyokong tindakan majikan yang menegaskan perkongsian untung yang dibayar tidak perlu dicarumkan dalam KWSP. Apabila pihak pekerja membawa surat itu ke KWSP cawangan Batu Caves sebagai tujuan pengesahan, pihak pegawai di sana menekankan bahawa surat berkenaan tidak sepatutnya dikeluarkan kerana ianya bercanggah sama sekali dengan akta KWSP.

Walaupun para pekerja menyatakan kesahihan surat itu boleh dipertikaikan, majikan tetap berkeras menganggap ianya adalah muktamad dan menggelak untuk bertanggungjawab terhadap caruman pekerja. Yang dikesali, pegawai KWSP yang sepatutnya berada di pihak pekerja dalam membuat keputusan tetapi tidak berbuat demikian dan berkomplot dengan pihak majikan dalam penipuan ke atas duit saraan hari tua pekerja.

Justeru itu, pihak pekerja mendesak pihak KWSP menyiasat pegawai yang mengeluarkan surat tersebut dan tindakan yang tegas diambil terhadap majikan yang ingkar dan melanggar undang-undang yang telah ditetapkan. Jawatankuasa pekerja juga telah membawa isu ini untuk perhatian dan tindakan SPRM, Kementerian Sumber Manusia, Jabatan Tenaga Kerja Semenanjung Malaysia, Biro Pengaduan Awam, Suhakam dan MTUC. Akibat tindakan dan tuntutan pekerja, pihak KWSP telah membuat siasatan terhadap aduan pekerja dan memutuskan bahawa majikan bersalah dan pembayaran harus dibuat ke tabung pekerja oleh majikan.

Kejayaan ini menjelaskan bahawa pekerja mampu menang jika bersatu di bawah sebuah kepimpinan yang bertindak untuk hak dan kebajikan pekerja. Syabas kepada Jawatankuasa pekerja dan semua warga pekerja Atlas Kepong dan Batu Caves yang berjaya menegakkan hak pekerja. Perjuangan seumpama ini mampu dibina oleh para pekerja lain dengan membina solidariti dan kepimpinan pekerja. Kesatuan sekerja yang masih lemah di negara ini juga harus dibina melalui pembinaan kepimpinan yang memihak kepada pekerja serta penglibatan secara aktif dalam perjuangan pekerja.

BERSATU TEGUH BERCERAI ROBOH…MANTAPKAN KEPIMPINAN DAN ORGANISASI PEKERJA, TERUSKAN PERJUANGAN!

Sumber: Laman WebSosialis Alternative