hmm…. not many bloggers support this day i see as i don’t see the ‘bloggers for human rights day’ badge displayed on their blogs. on 5 may i had announced about this day in my blog, hopefully for bloggers to be aware of it and do something – like its website suggested – to write something on human rights today.
well frankly i almost forgot about it too until yesterday when i notice a comment made on my previous post of 5 may. anyway since it is late now, i’m not coming up with a long story/post about human rights but 1 – would like to very briefly touch on 2 human rights violations and 2 – do a CnP job about the ‘human rights torch relay’.
1 – the anti isa protest in penang recently where 7 protesters were arrested. this is a clear case of abusing human rights. first of all, article 10 of the constitution clause 2, 3 and 4 mentioned that…
a) every citizen has the right to freedom of speech and expression;
(b) all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms;
(c) all citizens have the right to form associations.
…. so those people do have a right to the gathering. after all it was penang’s own CM who had mentioned that the people have a right to a gathering/demo as long as it is peaceful but what irked me pretty mad was penang’s OCPD who said "there’s no such thing as a peaceful gathering" (which was quoted from malaysiakini – see my post here). was he in a way denying our rights to a gathering?
2 – abolish ISA! ISA tramples on human rights as it deny the detained persons a chance to defend himself. it’s sad to learn yesterday that the hindraf 5 lost their appeal in court to have them released. do you know that beside these 5 hindraf leaders, there are 90 others detained under the ISA, and most of them are Islam Malays. There are 3 detainees who were under ISA for 6 years! 6 years all locked up without a chance to defend themselves – isn’t this violation of human rights?
ok now about the human rights torch relay. you heard of the olympics torch relay across the countries but i guess not many heard of the human rights torch relay.
The Human Rights Torch Relay (HRTR) is a global grassroots campaign to raise awareness prior to the 2008 Beijing Olympics of the Chinese communist regime’s human rights crimes, providing a platform for all persecuted groups to speak. The HRTR strongly condemns the arrest of 1878 Falun Gong followers since January 1st 2008; Chinese regime’s ruthless crackdown in Tibet; support of corrupt regimes in Burma and Darfur; and persecution of Christians, lawyers, reporters and all who have effectively become "prisoners of the Olympics" as a consequence of China’s pre-Olympics whitewash.
in our country, the human rights torch relay is organised by the coalition to investigate the persecution of falun gung (CIPFG) in china. for those who wish to take part in the relay, please refer to the following details:
For whoever concern on the human rights issue in China in whatever aspects, please register your self/orgnaistaion with the organiser in malaysia’s chapter.
(You may register via sms and email). Send you name,organisation, tel and email
The Torch will arrive in Malaysia on May 25, Sunday, morning at Titiwangsa.
For further detail of the time, venue, pls contact the above email/sms
it’s not too late to blog about anything to do with human rights today if you happen to see my post here before the day is up (after all i always blog in the very wee early morn). come on, together, let’s………….