IHRC stands for Islamic Human Rights Commission, where one of the aims are to demand virtue and oppose wrong doing in the exercise of power (from whatever base that power derives ie political, judicial etc) and to campaign to bring the perpetrators and their accomplices to justice. IHRC also cooperates with other human rights groups such as Amnesty International and Human Right Watch.
I had been incontact with IHRC's campaign officer Ms Faiza Haq since two years ago but I havent any chance to meet her.IHRC had done marvelous job for GMI(AIM) as they produced an ISA campaign pack based on my husband's detention.
I hardly know IHRC and our logistics are thousand of miles across the oceans but, Allah made us able to contact with each other.I regard this opportunity as part of the miracles in my struggle to highlite the draconian of ISA in Malaysia.
I paste a copy of the letter which was prepared by IHRC in the campaign pack.This letter was already spread out in GMI "Free 6 Year ISA detainees campaign" from April to June this year.We sent more than 10k letters to United Nations as well as to Malaysia's Home Minister.
We received a response from the UN, in Geveva but unfortunately we didnt get any answer from Hamid Albar, Malaysia's Home Minister.
Ms Louise Arbour
Office of the United Nations
High Commissioner for Human Rights UNOG-OHCHR
1211 Geneva 10,
Dear Ms Louise Arbour,
Re: Appeal for the immediate release of ISA detainee Mat Sah Bin Mohammed Satray .
I am writing to strongly urge you to lobby for the immediate release of Mat Sah Bin Mohammed Satray,who has been detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA) since 17 April 2002.He is currently being held at the Kamunting Detention Centre in the state of Perak, Malaysia.He and 100 other ISA detainees have been accused of being members of Jemaah Islamiyyah(JI) and of participating in subversive activities against the government.However, no evidence has been produced to substantiate these allegations.
Mat Sah and hundred other ISA detainees must be given recourse to a fair trial in conformity with international standards of due process and access to full legal repsentation and family members. We are against any act of terrorism,whether perpetuated by Muslim or Non Muslim. But if no evidence is found against a detainee, he/ she should be released without delay, as holding them indefinitely merely on the basis of suspicion is a blatan violation of due process.
I am also quite concerned about the fact that the ISA detainees have been physically abused and harassed in the past and being forced to live in small cells and under strict regimes.I ask that you ensure that Mat Sah and the rest of the ISA detainees are treated according to the international human rights standards. Human rights organizations and NGOs should be given immediate and full access to the Kamunting Detention Centre.
Most importantly, I strongly urge you to lobby the Malaysian government to abolish the ISA under which many such innocent people have been held in the past and are still being currently detained without charge, or legal representation, merely on the basis of suspicion.
I look forward to hearing from you on this matter.
Note: Syed Ibrahim AIM Chairman, IHRC Director , Sister Arzu his wife and me.