THE 9 STUDENT ACTIVISTS
Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi, Ainina Sofia Adnan, Nurhuda Ramli, Suhail Wan Azahar, Ahmad Taqiyuddin Shahriman, Wong Yan Ke, Chong Kar Yan, Nik Azura Nik Nasron and Siti Nurizzah Mohd Tazali.
THE 4 ACADEMICS
Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) law professor Rahmat Mohamad, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) law professor Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) law lecturers Fareed Mohd Hassan and Hisham Hanapi.
16 April 2019
A group of student activists have welcomed Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim to attend a forum on the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) they are organising.
Tunku Ismail was opposed to Putrajaya inking the treaty, which Putrajaya eventually decided to withdraw from.
Responding to a question, student activist Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi said the crown prince himself was “confused” about the Rome Statute.
“We welcome his attendance at the forum. I would be delighted if he attends,” he told reporters at Universiti Malaya today.
Apart from Asheeq, the other student activists are Ainina Sofia Adnan, Nurhuda Ramli, Suhail Wan Azahar, Ahmad Taqiyuddin Shahriman, Wong Yan Ke, Chong Kar Yan, Nik Azura Nik Nasron and Siti Nurizzah Mohd Tazali.
Rome Statute forum
The students had previously leaked an executive summary of an academic paper, which they claimed was used to convince the Conference of Rulers to reject the Rome Statute.
“After we leaked the paper to the rakyat on April 7, 2019, there was a lot of speculation raised which involved everyone, especially attorney-general Tommy Thomas, academic Shad Saleem Faruqi and the four authors of that executive summary.
“Yet until today, there has not been a single response or statement from the authors of the executive summary, nor from the attorney-general himself.
“That is why we feel there is a dire need for everyone involved in presenting the paper on the Rome Statute to the Conference of Rulers to face the rakyat,” he said.
As such, the lineup for the planned ‘Malaysia and the Rome Statute’ forum includes Thomas, Shad Saleem, Noor Farida Ariffin of G25, lawyer Lim Wei Jiet and Asheeq himself.
So far, only Tommy has confirmed his attendance to the forum.
Asheeq added that the organisers have done what is necessary to hold the forum on April 27 at the Tun Suffian auditorium, Universiti Malaya.
Academics convinced rulers with ‘biased’ paper, students claim
A group of student activists today released an executive summary of a paper by four academics which they claimed was used to convince the Conference of Rulers to reject the Rome Statute.
“The arguments in the paper were very biased as they only discussed why the Conference of Rulers should reject the Rome Statute.
“We are making this revelation to create a dialogue among academics at all levels,” the group said.
According to the leaked paper, it was presented on April 2 by Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) law professor Rahmat Mohamad, International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) law professor Shamrahayu Abdul Aziz and Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (Usim) law lecturers Fareed Mohd Hassan and Hisham Hanapi.
The students said as ethical academics, they should have presented both the positives and negatives of the Rome Statute.
“They were the real cause of the confusion.
“We are making this revelation so that academics can come forward with their explanations for a healthy debate,” he said.
The students’ statement was jointly signed by Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi, Ainina Sofia Adnan Nurhuda Binti Ramli, Suhail Wan Azahar, Ahmad Taqiyuddin Shahriman, Wong Yan Ke, Chong Kar Yan, Nik Azura Nik Nasron and Siti Nurizzah Mohd Tazali.
The paper had among others, cited examples of war crimes tribunal against Emperor Wilhelm II and Emperor Hirohito, which preceded the International Criminal Court (ICC), governed by the Rome Statute.
This, it said, proved that rulers were not immune from prosecution at the ICC.
The paper also claimed that Myanmar, which was not a party to the Rome Statute, cannot be brought to the ICC despite accusation of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya community.
However, the students said this was untrue.
They pointed out that the ICC had in September last year ruled that it has jurisdiction over the alleged deportation of Rohingya people from Myanmar to Bangladesh and that it was a possible crime against humanity.
They further pointed out that the US, despite not being a member of the ICC, was also being probed for possible war crimes in Afghanistan.
The students said the points made by the academics to the conference of rulers must be properly debated in public to avoid confusion.
On Friday, Mahathir announced Malaysia’s withdrawal from the Rome Statute, citing confusion created by “one particular person who wants to be free to beat up people”.
Malaysiakini is reaching out to the four academics for their response.
Editor’s note (6.45pm, April 8 2019): Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) law professor Rahmat Mohamad today responded to Malaysiakini with the following: “I am aware of the matter (revelation by the student activist). I apologise as I am unable to make any statements at the moment.”.