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 ICTs with the most pressing of issues: native land rights.
APC along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia through the raiding of the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and the confiscation of important documents.
This was the message sent by Malaysian human rights group EMPOWER, in reaction to the latest internet censorship developments in the country.
This report assesses the state of specific internet-related rights in Malaysia, including freedom of expression, by applying the APC-La Rue Framework.
APC and EMPOWER denounce the proposed reforms in Malaysia, as they will contribute to the crackdown on free expression in Malaysia.
On April 28, the police arrested Executive Director of EMPOWER Maria Chin Abdullah. Member of the BERSIH 2.0 Mandeep Singh was also brought in for questioning. Both were released on police bail after about an hour. They, along with Bayan Baru MP Sim Tze Tsin, are the latest targets of a wave of police investigations and arrests following Anwar Ibrahim’s incarceration and the Kita Lawan rallie...
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 ...