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Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks
Disrupting gender-power dynamics through community networks 23 December 2017 Angela M. Kuga Thas, EMPOWER

As an organisation that has worked with the Orang Asli indigenous women in peninsular Malaysia since 2013, one of the biggest challenges we have faced as EMPOWER is how best to integrate the work on the right to information and access to information and communication technologies (ICTs) with the most pressing of issues: native land rights. This challenge is further compounded by the fact that there are only about 100,000 Orang Asli in the peninsula in a growing national population size of 34 ...

Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER
Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER 01 December 2016 APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation

The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only two staff were in the premises. This is the second organisation to be raided and harassed by author...

Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER
Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER 01 December 2016 APC

APC, Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India have issued a statement that strongly condemns the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only two staff were in the premis...

EMPOWER Malaysia: "The best way to counter alleged misinformation is more information"
EMPOWER Malaysia: "The best way to counter alleged misinformation is more information" 29 February 2016 APC

The best way to counter alleged misinformation is more information, not the restriction of information. This was the conclusion of a letter sent by Malaysian human rights group EMPOWER (also known as Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor), in reaction to the latest internet censorship developments in the country. The blocking of The Malaysian Insider by the Malaysian Communications and Multimed...

Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia
Status of Freedom of Expression Online: Malaysia 28 October 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia)

This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER Malaysia) has used a customised version of the APC-La Rue Framework to assess Malaysia’s record on arbitrary blocking or filtering of content, criminalising of legitimate expression, imposition of...

Malaysia: Proposal to require registration of online news portals would contribute to crackdown on free expression
Malaysia: Proposal to require registration of online news portals would contribute to crackdown on free expression 19 August 2015 APC

Source: CIJ Malaysia Malaysia’s new Communications and Multimedia Minister, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, has announced changes that would empower the Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to block sites deemed as “threats to national security and stability”. APC and Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) denounce the proposed reforms, as they will contribute to...

Free Malaysia Today: "Stop harassing activists and human rights defenders"
Free Malaysia Today: "Stop harassing activists and human rights defenders" 06 May 2015 Janarthani Arumugam

On April 28, the police arrested Maria Chin Abdullah, who is Executive Director (ED) of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER). They wanted to question her over her involvement with #KitaLawan. She had been asked earlier to present herself at the Dang Wangi Police District Headquarters for questioning. A member of the BERSIH 2.0 Secretariat, programme manager Mandeep Singh, was also br...

EMPOWER: Malaysia's Sedition Act amendments a betrayal of democratic process
EMPOWER: Malaysia's Sedition Act amendments a betrayal of democratic process 10 April 2015 Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER)

Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) is outraged and disappointed by the manner in which amendments to the Sedition Act 1948 and the Prevention of Terrorism Act were rushed through Parliament. Major pieces of legislation with far-reaching consequences should go through extensive consultation with all political parties, a broad spectrum of civil society organisations, and the general ...

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