Joint Statement: Death Threats Against Human Rights Defenders Must Be Addressed

Death Threats Against Human Rights Defenders Must Be Addressed Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG), 23 September 2016   The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) stands in solidarity with Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairperson of BERSIH 2.0, and denounces in the strongest terms the death threats made against her. Mohd Ali Baharom […]

Joint Statement: Consultation before Amendments: Keep the Internet Free

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality “Consultation before Amendments: Keep the Internet Free” 16 May 2016 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is gravely concerned over the proposal to amend the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 (CMA). We believe, based on reports of the proposed amendments and the escalating suppression of freedom of […]

Stop Censoring Information

Stop Censoring Information Media Statement, 26 February 2016 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged at the blocking of The Malaysian Insider by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC). We are alarmed that this is only the latest manifestation of an ongoing and worsening trend of Internet censorship in Malaysia. Section 3(3) of the […]

Government must not violate our freedom of expression and privacy online

Government must not violate our freedom of expression and privacy online Media Statement, 12 January 2016   Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is gravely concerned over a statement by the Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar on 12 January 2016. He claimed the police “have no choice but to beef up efforts […]

#InternetKita: human rights online, one tweet at a time

EMPOWER together with SUARAM, Amnesty International Malaysia, UndiMsia! and Women’s Aid Organisation launched a Twitter campaign on internet rights under the hashtag #InternetKita, which took place from 5th to 10th December 2015, in conjunction with Human Rights Day and 16 Days of Activism. The campaign aimed to increase understanding and create conversations on human rights […]

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 […]

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 […]