Civil Society Denounces Adoption of Flawed ASEAN Human Rights Declaration: AHRD falls far below international standards

On 19 November 2012, Lawyers' Rights Watch Canada (LRWC) joined a statement by a group of NGOs raising deep concerns about the ASEAN Human Rights Declaration adopted by the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) on 18 November 2012. The NGOs stated: "We will not use it in our work as groups … [Read more...]

Malaysia: Six activists being detained under Malaysian Emergency Ordinance | Letter

Re: Six activists being detained under Malaysian Emergency Ordinance To: Prime Minister, Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razuk; Minister of Home Affairs, Datuk Seri Hishammudin Hussein; Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar From: Vicheka Lay, Member, LRWC Date: … [Read more...]

Malaysia: Ponnusamy Uthayakumar, Lawyer | Letter

Re: Ponnusamy Uthayakumar, Lawyer To: Dato’ Abdullah Haji Ahmad Badawi, Prime Minister of Malaysia; Stanley Augustin, Deputy Public Prosecutor From: Monique Pongracic-Speier, member of LRWC Date: 2004-05-19 LRWC is deeply concerned by information received from the European organisation … [Read more...]

Malaysia: Tian Chua, Vice-president of the National Justice Party | Letter

Re: Tian Chua, Vice-president of the National Justice Party To: Minister of Home Affairs & Deputy Prime Minister From: Brian Donovan of LRWC Date: 2003-05-14 We are concerned about the detention and treatment in custody of Chua Tian Chang (Tian Chua) and other individuals detained … [Read more...]

Malaysian lawyer’s prosecution should raise alarm bells here, says B.C. law society president

Wilhelmson, Michael Lawyers Weekly, Vol. 21, No. 47, April 19, 2002. page 1. Vancouver The president of the Law Society of British Columbia says the case of a Malaysian defence lawyer who was charged with sedition for words spoken in open court should raise alarm bells in Canada about any … [Read more...]

Canadian Lawyers Defend the Independence of the Bar in Malaysia

Dlab, Dagmar The Advocate Vol. 60 Part 2, March 2002, page 227 "Our tradition is one of centuries old respect for the independence of the Bar. As we look internationally, there is a struggle being played out. We, as lawyers, have to work to ensure that the ideal of an independent Bar is promoted … [Read more...]

Lawyers and the rule of law on trial – sedition in Malaysia

View the PDF version of the report. Davidson, Gail, Friesen, Tami and Jackson, Michael Q.C. I THE POLITICAL BACKGROUND I.1 The Circumstances of the Charge I.2 The Charge II THE HISTORY OF SEDITION ACT PROSECUTIONS IN MALAYSIA III SEDITION IN COMMON LAW JURISDICTIONS IV MALAYSIAN … [Read more...]