PUTRAJAYA (Bernama): The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants Malaysia to endorse six treaties of the United Nations on human rights, said Minister in Prime Minister P. Waytha Moorthy's Prime Minister.
He said that this was expressed by Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail and commissioners Datuk Lok Yim Pheng and Jerald Joseph during a discussion in his office here Tuesday (August 21).
"Suhakam also believes that the current government must ratify these treaties for better protection of human rights in Malaysia," he said in a statement.
In July, Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah had pledged to commit to the ratification of six international human rights treaties.
The nation is not a signatory to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination; International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; and the UN Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment or Punishment.
It is also not a signatory to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; International Convention on the protection of the rights of all migrant workers and members of their families; as well as the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Waytha Moorthy said that other issues discussed at the meeting and needed to be dealt with urgently, including issues on land issues, death in custody, statelessness, migrant imprisonment and religious minorities in minorities.
"Suhakam has also expressed concerns about the use of laws such as the law on breaches of security measures (special measures) 2012 (Sosma) and the Prevention of Crime Act 1959 (POCA) to hold people for a longer period.
"It was believed that these laws caused psychological and economic problems for the families of those who were being held, and at the same time deprived the person who was detained by the court of justice," he said, adding that Suhakam has more than 800 complaints annually. from the audience. – Bernama