- PERTUBUHAN BANGSA-BANGSA BERSATU MENDAPATI MANTAN KETUA PEMBANGKANG MALAYSIA, DATUK SERI ANWAR IBRAHIM DITAHAN SECARA HARAM, DAN PERLU DIBEBASKAN SERTA-MERTA
- ‘Release him immediately’: UN body calls detention of Malaysia’s Anwar ‘arbitrary’, denied fair trial
- UN panel calls for Anwar’s release, says charges ‘politically motivated’
Posted: 01 Nov 2015 10:53 PM PST
Kuala Lumpur – Hari ini, barisan peguam Anwar Ibrahim mengeluarkan Pendapat No. 22/2015 oleh Kumpulan Kerja Penahanan Arbitrari PBB (UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention)(UNWGAD), yang sebulat suara mendapati Anwar dipenjarakan secara haram, dan melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa.
Kumpulan Kerja Penahanan Arbitrari mengeluarkan pendapat berikut: Pemenjaraan Saudara (Anwar) Ibrahim adalah arbitrari. . . mengambil kira semua hal dalam kes tersebut, Kumpulan Kerja ini berpendapat bahawa jalan untuk membetulkan keadaan adalah untuk membebaskan Saudara (Anwar) Ibrahim dengan serta merta, dan memastikan hak-hak politik beliau yang dirampas oleh kerana pemenjaraan beliau ini dikembalikan.
"Saya amat bersyukur dengan gesaan Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa bersatu kepada kerajaan Malaysia untuk membebaskan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim," kata YB Nurul Izzah Anwar. "Pendirian tegas sebegini bersolidariti bersama-sama Datuk Seri Anwar menghantar sebuah mesej yang jelas kepada Perdana Menteri, Najib Razak, dan memastikan kemerosotan hak-hak asasi manusia yang berlaku di bawah kepimpinan beliau tidak diabaikan oleh dunia," tambah beliau.
Kumpulan Kerja ini merupakan sebuah badan bebas yang dilantik oleh Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia PBB, dan pada masa ini terdiri daripada pakar daripada Australia, Benin, Mexico, Korea Selatan dan Ukraine. Ianya diberikan mandat untuk mempertimbangkan dan mengeluarkan pendapat mengenai kes-kes penahanan arbitrari. Kerajaan Malaysia memegang kerusi Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia PBB pada tahun 2006 hingga 2009, dan 2010 hingga 2013. Kerajaan Malaysia wajib mematuhi dapatan PBB ini serta cadangan yang diberikan.
Datuk Seri Anwar, mantan Ketua Pembangkang dan seorang bekas Timbalan Perdana Menteri dipenjarakan kerana beliau mencabar hegemoni politik UMNO dan Perdana Menteri Najib Razak. Datuk Seri Anwar memimpin pakatan parti-parti pembangkang pelbagai bangsa dan agama untuk memenangi 52 peratus daripada undi popular di kalangan rakyat Malaysia pada pilihan raya umum pada tahun 2013.
Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berada dalam keadaan kesakitan sepanjang penahanan beliau, yang bermula pada Februari 2015, berikutan kecederaan yang dialami pada bahu kanan beliau. Walaupun beliau memerlukan perhatian dan rawatan perubatan dengan segera, Datuk Dr. Jeyaindran Sinnadurai yang merupakan Doktor yang dilantik oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri untuk memantau Anwar, berulangkali menafikan rawatan yang perlu diberikan kepada Anwar, dan yang paling kritikal, rekomendasi menjalani rawatan fisioterapi setiap minggu.
Fisioterapi secara intensif telah dicadangkan semenjak bulan Mac lagi oleh doktor ortopedik yang akan mengurangkan kesakitan dan mengekalkan mobiliti dan kekuatan otot, tetapi telah acapkali ditangguhkan atas arahan Dr Jeyaindran. Kesannya, kecederaan dan kesakitan yang dialami oleh Anwar meningkat, yang mana Dr Jeyaindran hanya memberikan ubat tahan sakit, bukannya memastikan fisioterapi intensif di hospital buat Anwar. Oleh kerana campurtangan politik dan gangguan tidak professional oleh Dr Jeyaindran, pilihan untuk rawatan pembedahan untuk Anwar Ibrahim juga amat terhad sekiranya Dr Jeyaindran masih lagi membuat keputusan berkenaan penjagaan sebelum dan selepas pembedahan.
Selain daripada penafian rawatan perubatan termasuk fisioterapi intensif yang diperlukan Datuk Seri Anwar, beliau jua berhadapan dengan halangan-halangan yang lain. Semenjak dua bulan lepas, akses beliau kepada barisan peguam dihadkan kepada 1 jam seminggu walaupun beliau pada masa ini mempunyai sebanyak 16 kes sivil, jenayah dan syariah yang sedang dijalankan. Halangan ini merupakan pencabulan terhadap hak-hak asasi beliau seperti yang diperuntukkan di bawah Perlembagaan Persekutuan.
Pejabat Suruhanjaya Tinggi Hak Asasi Manusia, Ahli-ahli Parlimen ASEAN bagi Hak Asasi Manusia, Kesatuan Parlimen Antarabangsa, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Persekutuan Antarabangsa untuk Hak Asasi Manusia (FIDH), dan pemimpin dunia seperti bekas Presiden Indonesia BJ Habibie , bekas Turki Presiden Abdullah Gül, dan bekas Naib Presiden Al Gore dari Amerika Syarikat, antara lain, turut menggesa pembebasan beliau tanpa syarat.
Kami juga menggesa supaya Anwar Ibrahim diberi rawatan perubatan mengikut pilihannya – bebas dari sebarang campur tangan politik yang akan menghalang penjagaan sebelum dan pasca pembedahan dan memberikan kesan negatif* terhadap kualiti hidup beliau. Dia mesti dibebaskan segera, selaras dengan penemuan UNWGAD.
UNITED NATIONS RULES MALAYSIAN OPPOSITION LEADER ANWAR IBRAHIM HELD ILLEGALLY, CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Kuala Lumpur – Today, the legal team of Anwar Ibrahim released the Opinion No. 22/2015 of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, finding unanimously that Anwar is being held illegally and in violation of international law:
The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention renders the following opinion: The deprivation of liberty of Mr. Ibrahim is arbitrary . . . taking into account all the circumstances of the case, the Working Group considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Mr. Ibrahim immediately, and ensure that his political rights that were removed based on his arbitrary detention be reinstated.
"I am deeply grateful that the United Nations has called for Anwar's release," said Nurul Izzah Anwar MP, his daughter. "Its strong stance in solidarity with my father sends a clear and unequivocal message to Prime Minister Najib Razak, and ensures that the sharp decline in human rights under his administration will not go unnoticed," she added.
The Working Group is a five-member independent and impartial body appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, and is currently comprised of experts from Australia, Benin, Mexico, South Korea, and Ukraine. It is mandated to consider and render opinions about alleged cases of arbitrary detention. The Government of Malaysia held a seat on the UN Human Rights Council from 2006-2009, and 2010-2013. It must abide by this opinion and its recommendations.
Anwar, the former opposition leader and a former Deputy Prime Minister, is imprisoned because he presents a democratic threat to Prime Minister Najib Razak and the ruling UMNO party. Anwar led a diverse opposition coalition, cutting across race and religion to win 52 percent of the popular vote amongst Malaysians in the country's most recent elections.
Anwar has been in increasing pain throughout his detention, which began in February 2015, because of a serious muscle tear in his right shoulder capsule and rupture of the shoulder rotator cuff . Despite the urgent need for medical treatment, Datuk Dr. JeyaindranSinnadurai who is his supervising doctor appointed by the Home Ministry, has repeatedly denied Anwar timely access to doctors of his choosing, timely access to necessary medical testing, and most critically, recommended weekly rehabilitation. Intensive physiotherapy was recommended as early as March by the orthopedic doctors which would have helped reduce pain and help maintain mobility and muscle strength but has been and continues to be delayed by Dr Jeyaindran's instructions. As a result, Anwar's shoulder injury and pain levels has been exacerbated for which Dr Jeyaindran has simply prescribed increase in his pain medication instead of ensuring that intensive physiotherapy done properly in hospital conditions is provided to Anwar. Because of the direct political and unprofessional interference by Dr Jeyaindran, Anwar's options for long-term surgical relief are also limited if Dr Jeyaindranis going to dictate pre and post surgical care.
Besides the denial of much needed medical treatement in the form of intensive physiotherapy, Anwar is now also suffering a further restriction. From about two months ago, his access to his lawyers has been restricted to one hour a week despite the fact that he has at least 16 ongoing civil, criminal and syariah court cases which are ongoing. Such a restriction is in clear breach of his fundamental rights under the law and the Federal Constitution.
The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights, ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights, International Parliamentary Union, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and world leaders such as former President B.J. Habibie of Indonesia, former President Abdullah Gül of Turkey, and former Vice President Al Gore of the U.S., among others, have all urged his unconditional release.
We too, urge that Anwar Ibrahim is given the medical care of his choice – away from any political intervention which will hinder post operative care and negatively affect his wellbeing and quality of life. He must be freed immediately, in accordance with the findings of the UNWGAD.
Posted: 01 Nov 2015 08:38 PM PST
A UN body has determined that former Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim has been jailed illegally and called for his immediate release, according to a copy of the opinion released Monday by his family.
Anwar, 68, was jailed in February for five years after earlier being convicted for sodomising a former male aide. He denies the charge, calling it a frame-up by Malaysia’s long-ruling government to halt recent opposition political gains.
The opinion by the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention concluded that Anwar’s imprisonment was "arbitrary", that he was denied a fair trial, and was jailed for political reasons.
"The Working Group considers that the adequate remedy would be to release Mr. Ibrahim immediately, and ensure that his political rights that were removed based on his arbitrary detention be reinstated," said the opinion, dated September 15.
It also said Anwar’s treatment in prison violates international prohibitions against "torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment."
Anwar’s family has complained that he is being held in a filthy cell with only a thin foam mattress despite chronic back trouble, and has been denied adequate medical care for a host of ailments include erratic blood pressure and a shoulder ailment.
"I am deeply grateful that the United Nations has called for Anwar’s release," said Nurul Izzah Anwar, the former opposition leader’s daughter and a member of parliament.
"Its strong stance in solidarity with my father sends a clear and unequivocal message to Prime Minister Najib Razak, and ensures that the sharp decline in human rights under his administration will not go unnoticed."
No immediate reaction was seen from Najib’s government.
The UN working group is a five-member body currently comprised of experts from Australia, Benin, Mexico, South Korea, and Ukraine.
The case is the second such disputed conviction for Anwar, a former deputy prime minister who was ousted from the ruling party in a late 1990s power struggle and jailed on sodomy and corruption charges widely viewed as politically motivated.
After his release in 2004, he helped unite Malaysia’s previously divided opposition into a formidable alliance.
His latest conviction has been criticised by the United States – which said it raised questions over rule of law – as well as other nations and international human rights groups.
Posted: 01 Nov 2015 08:33 PM PST
Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy charges were political motivated to discredit him, according to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, which comes under the UN Human Rights Council, has concluded that Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s detention was arbitrary, and that his sodomy charges were political motivated to discredit him.
This comes after the working group considered persuasive evidence which was not contested by the government despite given over two months to do so.
Among the basis of the working group findings, it concluded that Mr Anwar was denied access to a fair trial, and that there was no due process in court – the judge was biased, including chief prosecutor, as well as the haste of the appeal hearing and sentencing.
The working group has requested the Malaysian government to immediately release Mr Anwar and reinstate all his political rights.
Mr Anwar, 68, was found guilty of sodomising his former aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan in early 2015. It is his second conviction since 2000; his first conviction was overturned in 2004 after six years in jail.
Mr Anwar was sentenced to five years’ imprisonment this time, and was subsequently disqualified as a Member of Parliament in March.
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