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Decision on SMS divorce draws flak

Women's groups and political movements have expressed disappointment over a recent Syariah Court decision that the pronouncement of divorce via short messaging service (SMS) is legitimate.

Mixed views on action against ICT

Theatre practitioners and others responded with mixed views yesterday to news of City Hall's decision not to issue any more performing licences to the Instant Cafe Theatre (ICT) company after it failed to revise the script of a show.

Terrorism fears make ISA repeal unlikely, says report

It is unlikely the Internal Security Act (ISA) will be repealed in the light of current domestic and international developments, the Joseph R. Crowley Programme in International Human Rights said in a recently released report.

Suhakam to monitor situation of six ISA detainees

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) will be closely monitoring the situation of six Internal Security Act (ISA) detainees, four of whom will complete their two-year detention today.

Suhakam finetunes manual for police

The Malaysian Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) is in the final stages of formulating a training module for police personnel which incorporates the protection of human rights.

NGOs want ISA abolished, not replaced

A coalition of non-governmental organisations has opposed a new legislation proposed by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) to replace the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Statutory council on inter-religious issues proposed

The setting up of a consultative statutory organisation, with a similar framework to Suhakam, has been proposed to receive and address inter-religious grievances.

Bar holds workshop on inter-religious council

After three years, efforts to get the controversial inter-religious council off the ground began with a workshop attended by about 100 participants from various religious backgrounds.

Activists join hands on Workers Day

In a landmark event, political and social activists worked together with the police to hold a peaceful Workers Day rally at Dataran Merdeka here yesterday.

NGO-to-NGO persuasion will help, say groups

Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have described Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad's call for them to urge their foreign counterparts to influence their governments, which are supporting the war against Iraq, as a good way to effect a change.