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 […]

#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 […]

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 […]

JAIS Sermon Perpetuates Rape Myths

JAIS Sermon Perpetuates Rape Myths 9 February 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is appalled to read that the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) has released a Friday sermon claiming that women covering their “aurat” would prevent rape. Once again, rape victims are blamed while rapists are absolved of responsibility over their actions. It is […]

#16Days of Activism #GBVTeachIn

On 27 November 2014, EMPOWER held a Twitter teach-in as part of the 16 Days of Activism against Violence against Women, on violence against indigenous women. If you missed it, don’t despair — we have the entire teach-in archived via Storify: [View the story “#16Days of Activism #GBVteachin” on Storify] EMPOWER has been working with […]

Revoke Diplomatic Immunity for Sexual Assault

Media Statement, 2 July 2014 Revoke Diplomatic Immunity for Sexual Assault Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is horrified at the breakdown in leadership and accountability within the Malaysian Government over a diplomat charged with sexual assault and burglary. The behaviour shown by the Malaysian Government has been appalling at every step of the process.  Foreign […]

Ending violence against women

Due diligence framework: A framework for accountability in ending violence against women – Panel discussion 24 Oct 2013 – Panel discussion on “Due diligence framework: A framework for accountability in ending violence against women”. This event is co-organized by the Permanent Missions of France and the Netherlands.

More Attention and Action Needed on Human Rights

The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs for the UPR Process (COMANGO), Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) and the Bar Council through its Human Rights Committee concur with Dato’ Ho May Yong, Deputy Secretary-General, Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and head of the government delegation to the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia: much more attention and […]

PROTECT OUR CHILDREN FROM RAPISTS AND PAEDOPHILES

The alleged rapist: a 40 year old restaurant manager, the victim; a 13 year old girl. According to the Star and the Sabah Daily Express on 8 May 2013, the 40-year old man was applying for the withdrawal of the rape charge before the Sessions Court in Kota Kinabalu as he is going to marry […]