Children have the right to survive, grow, develop, and to be protected from violence, exploitation, and abuse in all settings. This includes online and offline settings as well.
“We are living in an incredible era. The fast pace of change in information and communication technologies is facilitating unprecedented opportunities for many girls and boys to achieve their rights to learn, express themselves and participate meaningfully in their communities. This rapid development is occurring across the globe … However, in this fast race, children’s rights are frequently overlooked or compromised. Crimes against children, including sexual abuse and exploitation, are often induced or facilitated by these very technologies that are meant to offer benefits to the communities and their individual components … In spite of extensive international efforts over the last two decades, we still face new challenges in combating online child sexual abuse and exploitation. Mass use of the Internet and new technologies have amplified the production and circulation of illegal child sexual abuse materials and have increased the incidence of grooming for sexual abuse and the conduct of other forms of exploitation, including live streaming of child sexual abuse.”
Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography
Despite there being no conclusive data on the prevalence of violence against children facilitated through communication technologies, the vulnerability of children in Malaysia, combined with increasing connectivity, has seen some locations profiled as “hotspots” for cases of online child sexual abuse and exploitation.
The Bar Council Child Rights Committee (“CRC”) invites you to join us in a discussion on this very interesting topic and discover for yourselves, the challenges and initiatives taken in Malaysia’s efforts to protect our children .
ACP Siti Kamsiah bt Hassan is the Chief Assistant Director at the Bukit Aman Sexual, Women and Child Investigation Division (D11). She completed her Diploma in Banking Studies at UiTM Shah Alam, Selangor; Diploma in Investigative Science at University of Malaya; and Master of Business Administration at MAHSA University. She specialises in investigations relating to sexual cases, women and children.
She is involved in the following:
- Permanent Member of the National Council for Children (Majlis Kebangsaan bagi Kanak-Kanak) under the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development (Kementerian Pembangunan Wanita, Keluarga dan Masyarakat, “KPWKM”);
- Member of the Committee on Domestic Violence (Jawatankuasa Menangani Keganasan Rumah Tangga) under KPWKM;
- Special Committee for Studying and Improving the Procedures for Handling Cases of Sexual Harassment and Bullying in Educational Institutions.
- Permanent Member in the Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force (“VCACITF”), an international task force dealing with exploitation of children.
ACP Siti’s work experience in PDRM is wide-ranging, and is listed as follows:
- Sexual crimes investigation Inspector for nine years;
- Investigating Officer for criminal investigation of gangsterism, vice, and gambling for five years;
- Assistant Superintendant of Police (“ASP”) for commercial crimes investigation for four years;
- Deputy Superintendant of Police (“DSP”) for Training, Service and Staffing at the Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Investigation Department for four years;
- Chief of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Division (Shah Alam) for one year;
- Assistant Director of D11 for three years; and
- Chief Assistant Director of D11, Bukit Aman, since 2020
Balakrishna Balaravi Pillai or better known as “BK” by his peers in Ipoh, was admitted as a Barrister-at-Law (Lincoln’s Inn) to the English Bar in 2007, and was subsequently admitted as an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya in 2008. He practises as a sole proprietor in Ipoh and his main areas of practice include criminal and civil / general litigation, industrial, medical, and family law.
He is an active National Legal Aid Foundation (Yayasan Bantuan Guaman Kebangsaan, “YBGK”) lawyer, having been one of its earliest core counsels since its inception in 2012.
He is currently the Co-Deputy Chairperson of the Bar Council National Legal Aid and YBGK Committee, and is serving his ninth term as member of the Perak Bar Committee, as Perak Bar Representative on the Bar Council.
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