Tag: Violence against women

Changes to domestic violence law good; now step-up enforcement

Press statement, 4 April 2017 We support the Domestic Violence (Amendment) Bill 2017, which was tabled in Parliament yesterday. Moving forward, we must ensure enforcement is effective and further improve the law. The amendments to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (DVA) are positive. The amendments will: 1. Prevent gaps in protection. An interim protection order…

JAG Condemns Online Attack and Stands in Solidarity with #WomensMarchKL

  The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) stands in solidarity with young women and allies under attack on Twitter as they share comments and contents in conjunction of the Perarakan Hari Wanita (#WomensMarchKL) event in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, 11 March 2017. We denounce in the strongest term all forms of malicious, sexist…

Stop mitigating rape

Statement on Article by FMT on 12/3/2017 “Marriage isn’t the worst thing for a rape victim”. The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) express our concern at the statement made by Syariah lawyer Faiz Fadzil in a recent article , suggesting that it is in the best interest for an underage girl to marry,…

Stop the Intimidation and Release Bersih Chairperson, Maria Chin Abdullah

21 November 2016 The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) strongly condemns the arrest of Maria Chin Abdullah, the chairperson of BERSIH 2.0, on November 18, 2016 and call for her immediate release. Maria Abdullah was arrested under Section 124(c) of the Penal Code, allegedly for “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”. She was subsequently…

Deployment of Police Officers to JAIS Reflects Misplaced Priorities

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) questions the need of the decision by The Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) to conduct a pilot project which places two police officers and a Sergeant at the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (JAIS) to assist in the enforcement of Syariah laws. We are especially concerned as PDRM is…

Decrying Threats to G25 Spokesperson Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin

The Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) is outraged and appalled at statements made on social media by Sharul Nizam Ab Rahim, president of the Animal Action Group, threatening to break into Datuk Noor Farida’s bedroom and rape her. Such criminal threats were made pursuant to a press conference, in which Datuk Noor Farida…

The Domestic Violence Act and Conflict of Jurisdiction

In reference to the letter from Dr Rahmah Hashim, the Head of the Women’s Affairs Bureau of the Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (NST 11 May 1996), we would like to make the following statement: The current opposition to the Domestic Violence Act 1994 (DVA) seems to be centred over the question of a conflict…

Akta Keganasan Rumahtangga Dan Percanggahan Bidangkuasa

Merujuk kepada surat Dr. Rahmah Hashim, Ketua Biro Hal Ehwal Wanita, Angkatan Belia Islam Malaysia (New Straits Times, 11 Mei 1996), kami ingin membuat keyataan berikut: Tentangan yang terdapat terhadap Akta Keganasan Rumahtangga 1994 (AKR) nampaknya berkisar di sekeliling persoalan percanggahan bidangkuasa di antara Mahkamah Syari’ah dan Mahkamah Sivil. Telah berkali-kali dinyatakan bahawa keganasan rumahtangga…

Domestic Violence is a Crime

The statement made by Dr Abdul Hamid Othman, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (10 March 1996), on the implementation of the Domestic Violence Act (DVA) is most disturbing. Women’s groups which had been involved for years in the negotiation for the DVA must be consulted in the current review of the law. We…

Keganasan Rumahtangga Merupakan Kelakuan Jenayah

Kenyataan oleh Dr. Abdul Hamid Othman, Menteri Di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, mengenai perlaksanaan Akta Keganasan Rumahtangga (AKR) sangat membimbangkan. Kami tidak setuju supaya diadakan Akta Keganasan Rumahtangga yang berasingan untuk orang Islam di bawah pentadbiran Mahkamah Syariah atas sebab-sebab berikut: Pertama, sungguh pun hal-hal berkaitan kekeluargaan untuk umat Islam adalah terdapat di bawah bidang kuasa…

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