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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Sri Lanka - United Nations Human Rights Council


PRESS STATEMENT BY MALAYSIAN PARLIAMENT CAUCUS ON SRI LANKA dated 27.3.2014

Members of the Caucus wish to inform the press and public that yesterday we have issued letters to the member states of the United Nations Human Rights Council ( UNHRC ), currently in session in Geneva, Switzerland, calling upon them to support a resolution on Sri Lanka which will be voted on by the UNHRC tomorrow Friday 28th March 2014.

We have sent the letter to the following countries:

Algeria, Argentina, Austria, Brazil
Chile, China, Cuba, Chez Republic,
France, Germany, India, Indonesia,
Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya,
Kuwait, Mexico, Morocco, Namibia, Pakistan,
Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Romania,
Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America,
Venezuela, Vietnam

A copy of the said letter which is self explanatory is attached herewith.

The members of the Malaysian Parliament Caucus on Sri Lanka are as follows:
Chairman: Johari bin Abdul
Secretary: Kasthuri Patto
Members: Sivarasa Rasiah (SUBANG) Kulasegaran (IPOH BARAT) V Sivakumar (BATU GAJAH)
                   Dr Siti Mariah (KOTA RAJA) Hanipa Maidin (SEPANG) Charles Santiago (KLANG)
                   Kamaruddin Jaffar (TUMPAT) Takiyuddin Hassan (KOTA BAHRU)
                        Dr Nik Mazian (PASIR PUTEH) Dr Jeyakumar (Sg SIPUT)
             Laksamana Mohd Imran (LUMUT) Gooi Hsiao Leung (ALOR SETAR)
             Gobind Singh (PUCHONG) Manivanan (KAPAR) Raja Kamarul (K TERENGGANU)
             Jimmy Wong (KOTA KINABALU) Er Tech Hwa (BAKRI) Md Idris Jusi (BATU PAHAT)
            Alice Lau (LANANG) Azman Ismail (KUALA KEDAH)




Your Excellency
Ambassador of
Member of the 25th Session of the UNHR Council                                                 23 March 2014



Dear Excellency,


INVESTIGATING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SRI LANKA


Greetings from Malaysia,


The undersigned are all members of the Malaysian Parliament and are also members of the Caucus on Sri Lanka in the Malaysian House of Representatives (Dewan Rakyat).


The Caucus was set up about two years ago and has been monitoring the situation in Sri Lanka. We observe that Sri Lanka has failed to implement the resolutions from their own Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission, including the two resolutions passed by the UNHR Council in March 2012 and in 2013. We are also aware that a third resolution for an independent international investigation is expected to be voted on this coming Friday 28th March 2014 at the UNHRC 25th Session in Geneva.


We note with much regret and concern that serious violations of international law, widespread allegations of extra-judicial killings, sexual violence, enforced disappearances, continued militarization of the North East of Sri Lanka, land grabbing, failure to reach political solution, torture and violations of freedoms of expression, association and peaceful assembly all continue to be inflicted against Tamils particularly in the north and north east Sri Lanka. All these contravene the recommendations of both the UNHRC resolutions.


We are informed that the plights of the Tamils are getting from bad to worse. People are living in fear of rape, torture, abduction and many are leaving by boat as refugees. Even elected Tamil representatives are harassed.


The international community has the right, and carries also the responsibility, to establish responsibility for the war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Mullaivakkal War of May 2009, resulting in huge numbers of widows, orphans, tens of thousands still unaccounted for, and investigate why still tens of thousands are prevented from returning to their own homes and lands. In this context, credible allegations of a planned genocide of the Tamil community by the government of Sri Lanka persist and need investigation and clarification.

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INVESTIGATING HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN SRI LANKA
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In the light of the above, we call upon your government as a member of the UNHRC to support the UNHRC resolution on Sri Lanka to be voted on Friday 28th March 2014 which calls for,
inter alia, a comprehensive independent investigation into serious violations and abuses of human rights and related crimes in Sri Lanka during the period covered by the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission with a view to establishing the facts and ensuring accountability for such crimes and avoiding impunity.


Yours sincerely,




...............................................
Kasthuri Patto
Secretary
Caucus on Sri Lanka
Parliament of Malaysia


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Sivarasa's Statement

PRESS STATEMENT

Why is the Court of Appeal railroading the appeal by the Attorney-General against the acquittal of Anwar Ibrahim for the second sodomy prosecution to commence on 6th April today?

Certain facts have come to light with regard to the scheduling of this case.  

About two weeks ago, a registrar from the registry of the Court of Appeal had communicated to Mr Karpal Singh's office and informed to block the proposed hearing dates of 7-10 April 2014.

Mr Karpal' office confirmed that the dates were suitable and would be blocked.

However, things then took a different turn when the case management of the appeal took place last week on 27.2.2014. The first unusual feature was that Justice Aziah Ali, one of the presiding bench appointed to hear the appeal, actually presided over the case management. Usually Deputy Registrars or Senior Assistant Registrars preside over case managements.

Secondly, counsel Karpal Singh who was present was told that the appeal would now proceed on Thurs 6 and Fri 7 March 2014.  When he said he was not available because he was involved in other cases, he was informed that Justice Aziah that those cases would be directed to be vacated so that this appeal would proceed.

Questions arise in the mind of the public why the Court of Appeal is suddenly rushing this appeal to be heard now when the original dates were envisaged to be in early April.

The entire nation and the world know that Anwar will be nominated by Parti Keadilan Rakyat to run in the Kajang by-election on Tuesday 11 March.  

Are these reshuffling of dates being done to hand down a conviction and sentence  before Tuesday so that Anwar will be prevented from running? It is public knowledge that Anwar's plan to run has caused much turmoil in the UMNO ranks. 

The Court of Appeal needs to provide an explanation as to why the appeal is being rushed.  Merely saying that the appeal has been pending since last year will not be sufficient since the early April dates were already communicated to Karpal Singh.

These are serious questions of public interest.  Anwar has consistently maintained that all his prosecutions since 1998 have been politically motivated.  The judiciary must not be seen to be manipulated by vested political interests who are bent on using the court system to stop Anwar's political career, and by extension,  his leadership of PKR and Pakatan Rakyat who continue to present today the biggest threat to UMNO's continued rule. 

Sivarasa Rasiah
Member, Political Bureau member, Parti Keadilan Rakyat
6th March 2014

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Happy New Year

Gong Xi Fa Cai

Sempena perayaan Tahun Baru Cina Sivarasa turun bertemu warga kota kawasan Parlimen Subang untuk mengucapkan Gong Xi Fa Cai.

Sambil bersalaman, Ahli Parlimen Subang juga turut memberikan limau, simbolik budaya China untuk rezeki dan kekayaan untuk semua.

Kos sara hidup yang meningkat

YB Sivarasa sebagai wakil rakyat yang prihatin turun pasaraya untuk memantau sendiri kos makanan harian.

JOM SHOPPING CNY

Sivarasa telah bersama warga China untuk nembeli belah sempena Tahun Baru Cina dalam program Jom Shopping: satu projek kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat Selangor.