15th July 2013

Malaysians for Beng Hock Movement Announcement

Teoh Beng Hock’s Memorial Service cum Symposium on “The Path of Human Rights” on 4thAnniversary of his Death

Malaysians for Beng Hock and KL & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall will hold the memorial service and symposium on “The Path of Human Rights”. The talk consists of panelists like Human Rights Attorney Mr. M. Visvanathan.

We sincerely welcome everyone to attend the event, forming solidarity for not forgetting what had happened in Teoh Beng Hock’s political assassination 4 years ago, and supporting the family in the pursuit of justice. Malaysians for Beng Hock also hopes to provide a platform for civil society’s engagement in democratic and civil right movements, in order to prevent further political prosecution and human right abuse.

Teoh Beng Hock’s incident in 2008 had enraged general public and drawned attention towards cases of national violence. As trials went on, people realised that our government agencies conspired to protect the officials, and the judicial court was feeble to seek justice for the victim and his family. Subsequently, the public was also well aware of in-custody death cases, which were ofttimes related to proceeding malpractice and negligence towards loss of human lives. Teoh Beng Hock’s case has incited enough observation and reflections, which should be reinforced to demand mechanism against unlawful torture, thus end the series of horrendous incidents.

Based on report from Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), 209 deaths were found in custody from 2000 till 2012, but there is only less than 1% of cases being made public. Anti-national violence movement was urging the government to establish coroner’s court since last year.

Political tsunami in 2008 has opened a window of opportunity for political reform, as well as civic consciousness on human rights, that contributes initiatives to reform the government. With such unprecedented participation, civic movement has started to set foot in Malaysia. Social health lies in supervision of power, in which it is not enough to only rely on internal and anti-alienating mechanisms, but under watch of the society itself.

Regardless of legislative, executive and judiciary bodies, from the highest authority to the local government, it is the duty for those who are vested in power to have a say and look after the people. In other words, civil society with social supervisory function is an integral part of the political structure, for the internal and external supervision to work closely with, in order to complement each other.

Malaysians for Beng Hock movement

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