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An Affront to Human Rights PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2009 09:00
Sun, April 19 2009 - Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman, who was Attorney-General between 1980 to 1993, says the Internal Security Act has been abused for too long and hopes there will be a ‘meaningful review’ or a total repeal of the Act.

Q: The Prime Minister has called for a comprehensive review of the Internal Security Act. Suhakam has been calling for a review from as far back as 2002. What is your response?

A: The fact that the new PM has attached much importance to human rights augurs well for the future of Malaysia. He has made the commitment and we hope it will be a meaningful review in compliance with the principle of human rights.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 15:24
Suhakam has 2 Weeks to Comply with International Standards PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:12
Friday, April 17 2009, KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has just over two weeks to ensure that Suhakam complies with the Paris Principles or the recommendation to downgrade it from its ‘A’ status will be made.

The Accreditation sub-committee of the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) found that the Suhakam (Amendment) Bill 2009, passed by the Dewan Rakyat the day before Suhakam’s review in Geneva on March 26, still fell short.
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:27
Human rights panel Bill passed PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 29 April 2009 16:49
Thu, March 26 2009 - THE Dewan Rakyat passed the Human Rights Commission (Amendment) Bill after a one-day debate at both policy and committee stages because Suhakam might have lost its Grade A listing if did not make changes before the March 26 deadline today.

The Barisan Nasional won both the bloc division votes by a slim majority of nine votes at the policy stage (45 Barisan Nasional MPs voted for the Bill and 36 opposition MPs against) and of 11 votes at the committee stage (50 Barisan MPs voted for it and 39 opposition MPs against).
Last Updated on Thursday, 30 April 2009 08:30
Government misses UN deadline, SUHAKAM may lose "A" status PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 04 May 2009 09:01
Mon, May 4 2009 - KUALA LUMPUR: There has been no response from the Prime Minister or his government to Suhakam’s letters outlining the need to make it compliant with the Paris Principles or face losing its “A” status.

They have also missed the 28-day deadline, which ended yesterday, given by the United Nations (UN) to challenge the observations of the Accreditation Sub-Committee of the International Coordinating Commit­tee of National Institutions for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights (ICC).
Last Updated on Monday, 04 May 2009 09:04
Do more for the Disabled PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 06 May 2009 09:03
Wed, 6 May 2009 - KUALA LUMPUR: The Government should not be exempted from the provisions of the Persons with Disabilities Act 2008.

“The Federal Government is exempted from any wrongdoing, and this casts serious doubt on its commitment to the rights of the disabled,’’ Ragunath Kesavan, president of the Malaysian Bar, noted.

The Act, which came into force on July 7 last year, also lacked penalties for any party failing to comply with its obligations.
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