A group of Malaysians marched to Parliament to hand over a memoradum to the Home Minister and register their opposition to the Prevention of Crime Act that have been tabled.
Malaysia is a member of the United Nations, which means it subscribes to the UN Charter. It has also been a member of the UN Human Rights Council, which meets in Geneva.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was adopted by the UN in 1948 and is the foundation of international human rights law, along with the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which was adopted in 1966. It also gives expression to the fundamental freedom and human rights mentioned in the UN Charter.
The amendments to the Prevention of Crime Act would be blatantly unjust and bad law because it violates key articles of the UDHR, namely it denies the accused the right to a full and fair trial in an open court.
Specifically, the amendments violate the following key articles of the UDHR:
No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.
(1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
Thus, the right to a fair trial in a proper court is a fundamental human right. Why does this BN government want to take away this basic right?
Did someone say world’s best democracy?