Eric Paulsen

Recent and archived articles by Eric Paulsen

16 Jun 2019 | 7:00 AM

The future for refugees in M’sia

ON World Refugee Day this Thursday, June 20, 2019, we will honour the strength, courage and resilience of refugees around the globe. It is the perfect opportunity to reflect how Malaysia treats its refugees and what we need to do to ensure that they find safety, support and respect in our country.

5 May 2019 | 7:00 AM

Press for more freedom

WORLD Press Freedom Day is celebrated annually on 3 May, and with this year’s theme “Media for Democracy” – it is time to reflect on the hopes and challenges faced by the press in our region and particularly in Malaysia Baharu, where the Pakatan Harapan government promised more transparency, accountability and the repeal of oppressive laws which have previously silenced the press and dissenting views.

14 Apr 2019 | 7:00 AM

All roads to global justice lead to the Rome Statute

THE government should have been celebrated for its decision to accede to the Rome Statute which would have made Malaysia a party to the International Criminal Court (ICC). Instead, it was disappointingly pressured to reject an important treaty of international law that would have sent a powerful statement on Malaysia’s foreign policy.

Getting justice: ICC members Australia and the Netherlands have 
started talks with Russia over its alleged responsibility for the downing 
of MH17 over Ukraine, which killed 298 people. — AP
10 Mar 2019 | 7:00 AM

Waiting for the final nail in the death penalty’s coffin

AS a punishment, the death penalty continues to capture the public interest in a morbid and unique way. The Asean region has proven resistant to a growing worldwide movement away from the death penalty, with 142 countries having abolished it in law or practice. The only countries in the region to have abolished capital punishment are Cambodia in 1989 and the Philippines in 2007.

27 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Work together for a brighter future

As the region’s population becomes more connected and informed, Asean needs to be ready – the people’s clamour for the respect, protection and fulfilment of human rights will only grow.

6 Jan 2019 | 7:00 AM

Take freedom of speech seriously

IN July 2018, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department for Religious Affairs Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa announced in Parliament that the government was planning to table the Religious and Racial Hatred Bill to “deal with incidences when Islam is insulted but also when non-Muslim faiths are insulted to ensure that our multi-religious and multi-racial society is protected from being insulted and belittled.”

To protect or not to protect: Even in the controversial Icerd protest, should the law be used to crack down on people’s free speech?
23 Dec 2018 | 7:00 AM

‘Fake news’ cannot be resolved with a legislative sledgehammer

IN the wake of the recent “riot” in Malaysia surrounding the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya, Selangor, as well as the controversy about whether the government should ratify the international convention against racial discrimination, ICERD, the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) noted an increase in inflammatory social media posts, including “fake news” or exaggerated or blatantly false information.