Suhakam urges upcoming Government to rule while protecting, enabling human rights

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 19: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) is urging Malaysia’s next prime minister to govern the nation with an inclusive human rights agenda as a central feature of its work.

“In light of the current political scenario and whilst the process of identifying a new prime minister to helm the next government is on-going, Suhakam hopes that the ninth prime minister and new Cabinet Ministers would press on with much needed institutional reforms and good governance practices,” it said in a statement today.

Understanding the new government would no doubt have to focus its efforts in dealing with the pandemic and its adverse impacts upon the economy and wellbeing of the people, Suhakam expressed hope that the government could adopt a coordinated strategy to promote, protect and enable human rights approach whenever and wherever possible.

As the national human rights institution, Suhakam said it was committed to continue engaging with various ministries, parliamentarians and submit its recommendations in accordance with its legislative mandate to advise the government on pressing human rights issues.

“Suhakam reaffirms that human rights should not be an optional agenda, and the upcoming government must demonstrate its commitment to respecting human dignity and fundamental freedoms as stated in Article 5-13 of the Federal Constitution, which will serve as the driving force towards meeting Malaysia’s SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) targets, restore hope for Malaysians and allow democracy to flourish,” it added. — DayakDaily