Last year’s notice by the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions (ICC) to Suhakam over its failure to comply with the Paris Principles (which set international standards for independent national human rights institutions) and the threat of a possible “downgrading” in its rating bring various concerns into focus.
If downgraded, Suhakam will, among other things, lose its right to speak at the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Suhakam needs to be bold. Its commissioners can no longer be civil servants but must function as the voice for those whose voices cannot be heard.
But the government has consistently refused to adopt the recommendations. Thus, while more abuses and violations have come to the fore through Suhakam’s reports, the authorities have not been active in solving the problems.
Inquiries are often done selectively and there are times when Suhakam adopts a defensive role. It also behaves like a civil service and can be bureaucratic when it comes to registering complaints.”
The commission needs to be bolder, considering how the government has chosen to ignore it from the start.
Most agree that the federal government’s failure to debate the commission’s annual reports in Parliament shows a lack of genuine respect for the commission.
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How Suhakam can be bold when they still have civil servants mentality and when 1Malaysia government choose just to ignore them?
How 1Malaysia people want to put their trust in 1Malaysia government when 1Malaysia government publicly show that they are not concern with human rights issues in this peaceful country?
Come on 1Malaysia government, let our voices be heard!
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