NGOs hold road show against state violence

A  coalition of 30 NGOs held a road show at Tenaganita’s office at Wisma Maria, Johor Bahru  to compel the government to put an end to extrajudicial killings, deaths in custody and other forms of violence perpetrated by the state against members of the public.

“Stop State Violence” spoke person Ng Yap Hwa said that Johor Bahru was the second road show they have organised and the first was  at Kuala Lumpur on November 6, 2012. This will be followed by the third road show in Penang on the November 23.

“Our aim is to get as many people possible to attend the “Stop State Violence ‘rally on the  December 9, 2012 at Dataran Merdeka,” said Ng.

Stop State Violence movement is formed by a group of Malaysian NGOs in October 2012, aiming to end all tragedies of police shooting and custodial death. The demands set are as follows:-

1. Without fear or favour, bring all offenders among the police, MACC and other enforcement agencies, to justice including for serious criminal charges and disciplinary proceedings that commensurate with the offences;

2. Immediately establish the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) to function as an independent, external oversight body to investigate complaints about police personnel and to make the police accountable for their conduct;

3. Institute an Ombudsmen system that enforces human rights practice in all enforcement agencies and their places of detention such as prisons, immigration detention centres and lockups;

4. Review and make public the law enforcement agencies’ standard operating procedures including the Inspector General Standing Order on police guidelines on discharge of firearms and detention and interrogation;

5. Support the setting up of an independent and competent Coroner’s Court system to replace the current Magistrate’s Inquest which is extremely problematic and ineffective;

6. Support the enactment of an anti-torture legislation that criminalises torture, cruel, inhuman and/or degrading treatment that provides serious punishment and redress mechanisms as per Malaysia’s obligations under international customary law;

7. Support human rights education and training programmes, with a view to changing the attitudes, perceptions and methods of law enforcement personnel.

NGOs endorsed Stop State Violence Movement includes;

  1. Tenaganita
  2. Lawyers For Liberty
  3.  SUARAM
  4.  Malaysians for Beng Hock
  5. Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (Komas)
  6.  Amnesty International Malaysia
  7.  Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Masyarakat (Empower)
  8.  Malaysia Youth And Student Democratic Movement (Dema)
  9.  Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
  10.  Civil Rights Committee of KLSCAH
  11.  Civil Society Committee of LLG Cultural Development Centre
  12. KL Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth
  13. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit)
  14. Community Development Centre (CDC)
  15. Malaysians Against Death Penalty and Torture (Madpet)
  16. Persatuan masyarakat Selangor dan Wilayah Persekutuan (Permas)
  17. Community Action Network (Can)
  18. Serdang Bahru School Alumni Youth Section
  19. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & KL (Prihatin)
  20. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia (Warga Aman)
  21. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (Mipas)
  22. People’s Welfare And Rights Coalition (Power)
  23. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (Mitra)
  24. Angkatan Nasional India Malaysia (Agni)
  25. Sunflower Electoral Education Movement (Seed)
  26. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia
  27. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita
  28. Writers Alliance for Media Independence (Wami)