Hasmy: More needs to be done on human rights in Malaysia

KUALA LUMPUR: There is still room for improvement in the field of human rights in Malaysia, says Hu­man Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam (pic).

“We are doing good. But we can do better. Our state of human rights is patchy and not uniform.

We really need to step up and put emphasis on what is best for the nation,” he said at the launch of Suhakam’s 2013 annual report on Friday.

Hasmy said Ma­­lay­­sia had a poor record in acceding to the core international hu­man rights.

The Government, he added, should begin with the four treaties to which it committed to accede during the 2013 Uni­versal Periodic Review (UPR) which was released last month.

They are the Inter­national Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights; Interna­tional Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimina- tion; and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

He also said Malaysia had accepted 150 recommendations given by United Nations member countries during the UPR.

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