Sexism and Bigotry in Parliament Must Be Censured

Sexism and Bigotry in Parliament Must Be Censured Media Statement, 5 November 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is appalled to read reports that the Member of Parliament for Baling, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, had used the slur “pondan” against a female Parliamentarian during a debate and further compounded his offence the next […]

Call to Malaysian government: End threats to press freedom and freedom of expression online

Joint Statement by the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) 19 August 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) denounce proposed reforms that would require online news portals in Malaysia to be registered. The proposed changes announced on 6 August by the newly appointed […]

Oral Statement Delivered at the 29th UN Human Rights Council

Oral Statement Delivered at the 29th UN Human Rights Council for the Association for Progressive Communications and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) 18 June 2015, under Agenda Item 3   Thank you, Mr. President. The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) welcome the reports of the Special Rapporteurs. We call […]

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) Statement on Marital Rape

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) Statement on Marital Rape For release on June 12th 2015 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is deeply disappointed by the de facto Law Minister, Nancy Shukri’s statement yesterday that the government has decided not to criminalise marital rape. Currently, Section 375 of the Penal Code […]

Joint Statement: Police Must Take Rape Threats Seriously

Police Must Take Rape Threats Seriously Joint Statement, 21 May 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) are outraged by the police’s decision not to suspend the policeman who had allegedly threatened to rape Maisara Amira who was detained for attending the recent May Day rally. Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin […]

Stop Harassing Activists and Human Rights Defenders

Stop Harassing Activists and Human Rights Defenders 29 April 2015 On 28th April 2015, the police arrested Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)’s Executive Director, Maria Chin Abdullah, to question her over her involvement with #KitaLawan. She had been asked earlier to present herself at the Dang Wangi Police District Headquarters for questioning. A staff member […]

Sedition Act Amendments a Betrayal of Democratic Process

Sedition Act Amendments a Betrayal of Democratic Process 10 April 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner with which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament. Major pieces of legislation with far-reaching consequences should go through extensive consultation with all […]

International Women’s Day 2015: Stepping Up Equality

International Women’s Day 2015: Stepping Up Equality 4 March 2015 This year marks 20 years since the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing in 1995, as well as the 20th anniversary of Malaysia’s ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). Today, while Malaysia has done an […]

Hentikan Salah Guna Kuasa, Hormati Kebebasan Bersuara

KENYATAAN MEDIA BERSAMA KUMPULAN MASYARAKAT SIVIL 24 FEBUARI 2015 HENTIKAN SALAH GUNA KUASA, HORMATI KEBEBASAN BERSUARA Sejak Mei 2014 sehingga Febuari 2015, lebih 40 orang telah menjadi mangsa salah guna kuasa pihak Polis yang berselindung disebalik Akta Hasutan dan Kanun Keseksaan. Di antara mereka termasuklah pemimpin politik, peguam, aktivis sosial, aktivis anak muda, pendakwah agama, […]