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Malaysia: Stand with me against ‘radical’ preachers, Siti Kasim tells Malaysians (VIDEO)

October 12, 2017

Lawyer and activist Siti Kasim expressed her gratitude to the Conference of Rulers for their statement yesterday denouncing extremists and extremism. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Vocal human rights lawyer Siti Kasim has pleaded with Malaysians to stand with her and speak out against creeping extremism in the country’s religious institutions.

In a 5.47-minute video posted on her Facebook page as well as uploaded on YouTube last night, Siti urged Muslim and non-Muslim citizens to “take a further step” to address the “clear and present danger to our society” after an Islamic preacher was caught criticising a royal decree against a Muslim-only laundry and denigrating ethnic Chinese as “impure”.

“Is it only me or does anyone else feel this dread of extremism covering over our beloved Malaysia these days?” she asked at the start of the clip.

“It seems the extremists and radicals are everywhere these days stopping at nothing to have others bow to their demands and take the rights of others away,” she continued, and listed as examples the recent successful objections for non-Muslims to hold events with alcohol, the past numerous arrests of Muslims from the Ahmadiyyah denomination and the ban against a book titled Islam Without Extremes.
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/stand-with-me-against-radical-preachers-siti-kasim-tells-malaysians-video#k1Cjp4xdk60UF6zs.99




https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/397734 (MALAYSIAN)


Malaysia: PAS files police report against Siti Kasim, Sabah politician over Facebook posts

September 12, 2017

A police report was filed yesterday against activist Siti Kasim over her alleged Facebook posts on September 1 and September 10. — Picture by Choo Choy May

PAS has lodged a police report against activist Siti Kasim and Sabah politician David Orok over their allegedly unconstitutional Facebook posts, the political party’s mouthpiece reported.

PAS portal HarakahDaily said the police report was filed yesterday following Siti’s Facebook posts on September 1 and September 10, purporting that the posts had caused deviation in understanding regarding actions by two Islamic prophets, Nabi Ibrahim and his son Nabi Ismail.

HarakahDaily also referred to David’s Facebook post on September 5 on what the portal said were statements regarding Nabi Ibrahim’s actions and Nabi Ismail being a child born out-of-wedlock.

“All this can be interpreted as opposing the Federal Constitution that places Islam as the religion of the Federation and opposing and challenging the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong as the patron of the religion of Islam in Malaysia.

“Besides that, it is also threatening in nature and jeopardising to public peace and the country’s sovereignty,” the Islamist party’s portal’s report claimed without offering proof for its assertion.
Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pas-files-police-report-against-siti-kasim-sabah-politician-over-facebook-p#YkM1xVSMLW7BHufe.99




https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/394885 (MALAYSIAN)

http://www.harakahdaily.net/index.php/berita/2839-lagi-laporan-polis-terhadap-siti-kasim-david-orok (MALAYSIAN)

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/semasa/mengapa-urusan-oleh-islam-hendak-dipertikai-1.729254 (MALAYSIAN)

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2017/09/13/apabila-siti-kasim-disembelih-agamawan/ (MALAYSIAN)

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Malaysia: Criminal prosecution of human rights lawyer Siti Kasim

September 1, 2017



L4L is concerned about the criminal charges pending against Malaysian lawyer Siti Kasim.

on 3 April 2016, the Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI) carried out a raid on a private event held by a group of members of the transgender community. Siti Kasim, a lawyer and human rights defender was present at this event in her capacity as lawyer and, in that capacity, questioned the legitimacy of the raid since the religious authorities conducted the raid without a warrant and were not accompanied by the police, as required under Malaysian law. She was subsequently arrested for “criminal intimidation” and “obstruction of a civil servant”. After having been released, Siti Kasim initiated civil proceedings for unlawful arrest. Shortly after doing so, she was informed that criminal charges would be brought against her for obstructing a civil servant. If convicted, Siti Kasim faces up to two years in prison, a maximum fine of RM10,000 (USD 2,331) or both.

L4L is concerned about the fact that Siti Kasim is being prosecuted for facts which amount to (and do not go beyond) the legitimate exercise of her duties as a lawyer. Moreover, the criminal prosecution of Siti Kasim appears to be connected to the fact that she initiated a civil action for unlawful arrest.

L4L expressed concern about the criminal prosecution of Siti Kasim in a letter to the authorities and will continue to monitor the situation.



Malaysia: ‘Laws increasingly used’ in Malaysia’s clampdown on free speech

August 23, 2017

‘Laws increasingly used’ in Malaysia’s clampdown on free speech

MALAYSIA has been aggressively clamping down on the freedom of expression through the use of legislation, most notably internet laws, said international rights group Article 19 in its country analysis of the first half of the year.

“The space for dialogue and dissent, both online and offline, is increasingly closing, most notably through the use of Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) 1998,” the organisation said in its report.

“The increased use of the CMA this year is of particular concern, and has overtaken the Sedition Act 1948 as the major obstacle to freedom of expression in Malaysia.

It cited charges brought against human rights lawyer Siti Kasim in June under the Penal Code over a transgender event she had attended more than a year prior, as well as the investigations launched into three activists for their role in calling for greater transparency over the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and several others.

“Human rights defenders regularly face harassment, arrest and criminal charges due to their work, particularly when defending the right to freedom of expression in Malaysia.  

The report noted that media freedom was constantly undermined by restrictive laws, which were regularly invoked to harass journalists and media organisations.

The group called for all charges against human rights activists and members of the media to be dropped, and the repeal of restrictive legislation.




Malaysia: Lawyers group urge action against threats towards Siti Zabedah

July 24, 2017

A lawyers group has called authorities to act immediately against those responsible for violent threats on social media against lawyer-cum-activist Siti Zabedah Kasim (pix), who is known for her controversial views on Islam and LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) issues.

Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) legal coordinator Melissa Sasidaran said Siti’s case could be investigated under Section 506 and 509 of the Penal Code, as well as Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998.

Sasidaran alleged that the authorities had been selective as they only act on social media comments deemed offensive to the government.

She said no action was taken in cases involving G25 member Noor Farida Ariffin, former Bersih chairman Datuk S. Ambiga and Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.

“It is unacceptable and shocking that the authorities are not acting against such threats and bullying behaviour against women with the seriousness they deserve,” she said in a statement today.

Siti lodged a police report on Sunday against an individual who had allegedly called for other Muslims to behead her.

Siti said the first threat was posted online on July 3, attached to an article that she claimed had misquoted her on her stand on LGBT.

The same person wrote another post on July 19, attaching another article from the same portal.

Siti said among the threats made against her online were calls to behead, rape and splash acid on her face.











Bangladesh/Malaysia: Malaysia detains Bangladesh rights activist Adilur Rahman at airport

July 20, 2017

Adilur Rahman Khan faces trial in Bangladesh for distorting facts over the 2013 Hifazat-e Islam demonstration in Dhaka's Motijheel.













Malaysia: Stop intimidating human rights lawyers — Joint Action Group for Gender Equality

July 13, 2017

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The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) urges the Attorney General’s Chamber to drop the charge of “obstructing a public servant” against human rights lawyer Siti Kasim. We also call on the Malaysian government to end discriminatory laws, policies, and practices against the transgender community, and further comply with international human rights standards.

Drop the charge against Siti Kasim

Siti Kasim is a prominent woman human rights lawyer known for her advocacy for indigenous, women’s, and LGBT rights. On 13th June 2017, she was charged for allegedly “obstructing a public servant” under Section 186 of the Penal Code.

This occurred after she questioned the legitimacy of a raid conducted by Federal Territories Islamic Affairs Department (Jawi) officers on a private transgender event. Siti Kasim had identified herself as a lawyer and was conducting her professional duties as an advocate and solicitor at the event.

On 23rd June 2017, Siti Kasim pleaded not guilty to the charge and was released on bail. The next court hearing is scheduled for 22nd August 2017. If convicted, she faces up to two years in prison, a maximum fine of RM 10,000 or both.

The charge against Siti Kasim is an affront to the independence of the legal profession. The charge would set a chilling precedent that undermines lawyers’ ability to defend their clients’ rights without fear of arrest and prosecution. The independence of lawyers to freely conduct their professional duties is fundamental to protecting human rights, upholding the rule of law, and administering justice.

We urge the Attorney General’s Chamber to immediately and unconditionally drop all charges against Siti Kasim.