Malaysians call for corporal punishment to be banned in ALL schools

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A petition to the Malaysian Government - The Cabinet 

Malaysians call for corporal punishment to be banned in ALL schools

The death of 11-year-old schoolboy Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi , who was allegedly abused by his school warden has painfully showed us that corporal punishment has no place in schools. His prayers and pleas as he endured suffering from being beaten on his legs are a stark testimony that no child must ever again experience such abuse and humiliation or death. His pleas to his parents to rescue him are testimony to his suffering in a place that has been his second home.

We, the citizens of Malaysia echo SUHAKAM 's (National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) call to reform laws to introduce a clear ban on corporal punishment in all educational institutions as a matter of policy. SUHAKAM has reminded us that corporal punishment is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC ). The CRC was ratified by Malaysia in 1995 ( https://www.unicef.org/malaysia/childrights_malaysia-overview.html expects a government to create a protective environment and certainly, violence that causes physical and mental harms with the child's human dignity. And the right of the child to physical integrity.

It is an erroneous belief that canning and hitting is an effective way to raise well -behaved children. It is an erroneous belief that children are best motivated by fear. Research has shown that physical punishment promotes the cycle of abuse and this form of abuse damages children well into their adulthood.

We must come together to protect our children in ALL types of schools whether government or private, whether religious or non-religious. We must honor the rights of children, provide them with a safe and secure environment and protect their human dignity and physical integrity.

We call for the ban of corporal punishment in ALL types of schools in Malaysia.

"Pupil: I can not stand it anymore" http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/25/pupil-i-cannot-stand-it-anymore-student-who-lost- Legs-to-abuse-wrote-in-diary-beatings-began-last-mo /

"Schoolboy in abuse case dies" http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/26/schoolboy-in-abuse-case-dies/

SUHAKAM calls for corporal punishment to be scrapped " http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/27/suhakam-calls-for-corporal-punishment-in-schools-to-be- Scrapped /

This petition is prepared by The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights, Malaysia (PROHAM) and supported by the National Human Rights Society of Malaysia (HAKAM).

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Petisyen Kepada Kabinet Kerajaan Malaysia

Rakyat Malaysia Mengesa Agar Hukuman Sebat Dimansuhkan di SEMUA Sekolah

Kematian murid berusia 11 tahun Mohamad Thaqif Amin Mohd Gadaffi, yang didakwa didera oleh warden sekolahnya telah menunjukkan kepada kita bahawa hukuman sebat tidak mempunyai tempat di mana-mana sekolah ataupun institusi pendidikan. Penderitaan adik Thaqif akibat dipukul oleh warden sekolah agamanya adalah bukti yang nyata bahawa kanak-kanak tidak sepatutnya mengalami penderaan atau kematian ketika berada dalam jagaan kakitangan-kakitangan sekolah. Rayuan beliau kepada ibu bapanya untuk menyelamatkan dia juga merupakan bukti penderitaan yang dialami Thaqif di sekolah beliau.

Kami, sebagai rakyat Malaysia meyokong seruan SUHAKAM (Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia) supaya menggubal dan memperkenalkan undang-undang untuk melarang hukuman sebat di semua institusi pendidikan. SUHAKAM telah mengingatkan kita bahawa hukuman sebat di sekolah melanggar Konvensyen Mengenai Hak Kanak-kanak (CRC). CRC telah disarankan oleh kerajaan Malaysia pada tahun 1995 (https://www.unicef.org/malaysia/childrights_malaysia-overview.html untuk mewujudkan persekitaran yang melindungi kanak-kanak daripada penderaan fizikal dan mental yang sudah tentu bercanggah dengan maruah dan integriti fizikal mereka. Kerajaan kita bertanggungjawab untuk menegakkan hak-hak yang termaktub di dalam CRC terutamanya apabila Malaysia hendak menjadi ahli dalam Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia (Human Rights Council).

Ia merupakan tanggapan yang salah bahawa hukuman sebat merupakan salah satu cara yang berkesan untuk membesarkan kanak-kanak dengan baik. Ia merupakan tanggapan yang salah bahawa kanak-kanak perlu digalakkan melalui perasaan takut. Ramai penyelidikan telah menunjukkan bahawa hukuman fizikal terhadap kanak-kanak menggalakkan dan membentuk tingkah laku yang memudaratkan apabila mereka menjadi dewasa.

Kita mesti bekerjasama untuk melindungi anak-anak kita dalam SEMUA jenis sekolah sama ada kerajaan atau swasta, sama ada agama atau bukan agama. Kita mesti menghormati hak kanak-kanak, memastikan mereka berada dalam persekitaran yang selamat supaya maruah dan integriti fizikal mereka dapat sentiasa dijamin.

Petisyen ini disediakan oleh Persatuan Promosi Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (PROHAM) dan disokong oleh Persatuan Hak Asasi Manusia Kebangsaan Malaysia (HAKAM).



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