Tag: SRH

Women’s Reproductive Health at Stake

A 24 year old Nepali migrant worker was arrested on 9 October 2014, after having undergone a termination of her 6 week pregnancy. She was charged on 13 October 2014, without either legal representation or access to an interpreter, under Section 315 of the Penal Code for preventing a child being born alive. No plea…

More Consultation in Rape Laws

18 October 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) views with concern the government’s move to introduce a bill which no longer allows judges to impose a bond of good behaviour in statutory rape sentencing. This hurried move, without proper consultation, is not the way forward. The government’s intended action appears a hasty…

Not a Routine Investigation

24 September 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the government’s selective harassment of human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). In the past three months, SUARAM has come under attack by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM) and no less than five other government bodies. SUARAM directors, staff and former…

Consider the Needs and Perspectives of Our Young

30 August 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is concerned that “consensual sex” between a young adult and a child can result in a binding over sentence for the perpetrator. While the courts should indeed have discretionary powers in sentencing for statutory rape cases, appeals to the “bright future” of those who…

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) urges Judiciary to Clarify Judgement

29 August 2012 Yesterday, the Court of Appeal unanimously decided to overturn a High Court decision sentencing national bowler, Noor Afizal Azizan to five years in jail for statutory rape. Instead, he is bound over for five years for good behaviour, for a sum of RM25, 000. In his judgment, Court of Appeal President Tan…

Joint Action Group for Gender Equality

29 June 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is alarmed at the escalating level of attacks towards senior lawyer and human rights activist Dato’ Ambiga Sreenivasan who has been subjected to all manner of abuse lately. The latest attack is by Sri Gading MP Datuk Mohamad Aziz who on June 26 had…

Gender stereotyping of women: Stop controlling women’s appearance and behaviour

29 June 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is alarmed at the discriminatory treatment of women, the most recent involving news anchor Ras Adiba Mohd Radzi and Ampang MP, YB Zuraida Kamaruddin. On 26 June 2012, it was reported that Ras Adiba was suspended by television station NTV7 for cropping her hair…

Malaysia’s Questionable Process of Law Reform

14 May 2012 The hasty withdrawal of the bill to amend the Election Offences Act highlights flaws in the system of law making in Malaysia. It shows the lack of genuine public consultation and meaningful parliamentary debate. The bill to amend the Election Offences Act was pushed through the Dewan Rakyat on 19 April 2012,…

JAG Press Statement

10 April 2012 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is dismayed to learn that the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has taken over the portfolio of the outgoing Minister of Women, Family and Community Development, Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil (Malaysiakini, 7 Apr 2012). This undermines the government’s purported commitment towards…

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