Free Malaysia Today | The Malaysian Centre for Constitutionalism and Human Rights (MCCHR) has gathered a team of local and international experts, including lawyers from AmerBON, to help Putrajaya review laws in five areas that concern human rights.
Free Malaysia Today | Edmund Bon explained that there should be no need for consent or permission to organise assemblies in areas under local councils as these are public places. This was among other issues highlighted for amendment in the Peaceful Assembly Act (PAA) 2012.
The Star | The High Court fixed Oct 18 as the case management date for former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman, who is facing charges of bribery and money laundering. Musa was represented by counsel Joshua Tay and Hoe Sue Lu.
Malay Mail | A lawsuit against Indonesia at the International Court of Justice over open burning might not be feasible. Instead, lawyers call for a new law to hold companies and individuals accountable. Lawyer New Sin Yew urged Malaysia to enact a Transboundary Haze Pollution Act to go after perpetrators responsible for haze pollution in the country.
Malaysiakini | The government has set up a special task force to study an alternative sentence to the mandatory death penalty. Possible members of the task force include human rights lawyer Edmund Bon.
Thomson Reuters Foundation | Malaysia’s special court for human trafficking made only eight convictions in its inaugural year. Human rights lawyer Edmund Bon said there are gaps in the anti-trafficking law and urged for the law to be amended.
Suaram | A couple of weeks ago, Suaram spoke to New Sin Yew on the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Sedition Act 1948 in a new podcast series on human rights and current issues. Find out what he thinks about these laws on Suaram’s Podcast Ep. 2.
The Edge Markets | Former Sabah chief minister Tan Sri Musa Aman has been allowed by the Court of Appeal to retrieve his passport to resume medical treatment overseas. The decision was disclosed by Musa’s lawyer Amer Hamzah Arshad.
Free Malaysia Today | The Court of Appeal today allowed former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman’s bid to get his passport back temporarily to seek medical treatment overseas. Musa was represented by lawyers Ng Aik Guan and Amer Hamzah Arshad.
Malaysiakini | Senior human rights lawyer Edmund Bon criticised political leaders for using “civil service sabotage” as an excuse for delays in reform. Speaking at a conference on hate speech and intolerance, Bon also said that instead of legislating against hate speech, it is better to enact a “positive” law on freedom of expression.