Joint Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded

Media Statement: Accusations of Foreign Intervention Unfounded 21 December 2016 We, a group of concerned civil society organisations, condemn the attempts by the Malaysian government to discredit human rights work through the vilification of international funding for civil society. We are committed in our pursuit towards creating an enabling environment for democratic participation and good […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Freedom of Expression is not a Threat

Freedom of Expression is not a Threat 18 December 2014 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged by the fine imposed by the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) against BFM radio station, over an interview with Reza Aslan in 2013. Reza Aslan was giving an opinion in his capacity as a scholar of Islam […]