FOR the first time in our country’s history, the New Malaysia government has formulated a National Anti-Corruption Plan (NACP). It aims to eliminate all forms of corruption by 2023. It reflects, says the prime minister, the people’s expectations for a greater corrupt-free nation that promotes transparency, accountability and integrity culture in every Malaysian. The trials of several past leaders show the seriousness of the government’s commitment. Many others have been hauled up. With millions discovered stashed in houses and hidden in family accounts. Worse, the “kleptocracy” image of Malaysia has hurt us badly. All this makes clear that the malaise of corruption is deeply embedded in the fabric of our society. It has serious deleterious effects at many levels. This plan then is both timely and critical. But the fight against corruption cannot just be a matter of law and order; of hauling corrupt suspects through the criminal justice system – … [Read more...] about Corruption and human rights
Country report on human rights practices
CHR reminds pearl shake chain to uphold workers' rights (Philstar.com) - July 12, 2019 - 4:28pm MANILA, Philippines — The workers of a pearl shake chain are within their rights to protest alleged contractualization and oppressive labor practices at the company, the Commission on Human Rights said as it urged businesses to always uphold the dignity and rights of laborers. Jacqueline De Guia, CHR spokesperson, made the statement after workers of Zagu Food Corp. went on strike to protest the company’s “illegal labor-only contracting and unfair labor practices.” “In a system where the business flourishes while the workers that made it grow are deprived of the benefits of permanent employment, it is clear that the welfare and rights of the laborers are not upheld,” De Guia said. She added: “Unlawful contractualization keeps the workers from secure, gainful and lasting employment. It is also … [Read more...] about CHR reminds pearl shake chain to uphold workers’ rights
BEIJING: Beijing has found its villain in its multi-fronted conflict with the United States: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.The former CIA chief has been singled out for scorn, in Chinese state media and even at the foreign ministry, over his criticism of everything from Chinese tech giant Huawei to its record on human rights.During a regular media briefing on Monday, China's Foreign Ministry accused Pompeo by name of telling lies, a striking departure from its usual practice of referring to foreign officials as "the relevant person", or using similar wording.Relations between the world's two largest economies have nosedived amid a bitter trade war, US sanctions on Huawei Technologies, Washington's support for Chinese-claimed Taiwan and criticism of a China's treatment of Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang.Pompeo has also angered Beijing with warnings about Chinese activity in the Arctic and President Xi Jinping's signature Belt and Road infrastructure programme.On Monday, … [Read more...] about China turns its anger on ‘Cold War warrior’ Pompeo
BOGOTA: New York Times reporter Nicholas Casey said Sunday he has left Colombia amid controversy over a story of his on its military and what he called false allegations from pro-government parties. The Times Andean bureau chief penned an article entitled Colombia Army’s New Kill Orders Send Chill Down Ranks, putting some in Bogota and among government allies on the defensive. Colombia, currently under a conservative administration, is a close US ally. “The head of Colombia’s army, frustrated by the nation’s faltering efforts to secure peace, has ordered his troops to double the number of criminals and militants they kill, capture or force to surrender in battle – and possibly accept higher civilian casualties in the process, according to written orders and interviews with senior officers,“ Casey’s story said. It was enough to alarm lawmaker Maria Fernanda Cabal of the party of Colombian President Ivan Duque. Cabal posted photos of the Times … [Read more...] about NYT reporter leaves Colombia after report on army kill orders
By Brian Lee Crowley Justin Mohammed Opinion Tues., April 30, 2019 Are the federal Liberals right to make it more difficult for immigrants and refugees to enter Canada from the United States? Brian Lee Crowley, managing director of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute, argues Yes, while Justin Mohammed, a human rights law and policy campaigner at Amnesty International, argues No. Yes, Canada would be right to tighten its borders, particularly with respect to those who have been entering Canada illegally. Unfortunately, while the government is making noises that it wants to do so, there is little evidence that those measures will be effective. Let’s begin with why it would make sense to toughen border controls. Canada’s highly successful postwar immigration policy, supported by an all-party political consensus and public opinion, has never been laissez-faire about who gets in. On the contrary. That admirable policy has always been premised on the idea that … [Read more...] about Is Canada right to tighten its border?