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Suhakam monitors Sabah government’s actions affecting the sea nomad community

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Suhakam is closely monitoring the recent actions taken by the Sabah state government concerning the Bajau Laut (sea nomad) community in Semporna.

Several homes have been demolished as part of the Sabah state government’s initiatives to enhance security and protect the environment within the Tun Sakaran Marine Park.

While prior notice was given to the affected communities, Suhakam acknowledges the need to assess the broader humanitarian impact of these actions.

The Bajau Laut are a unique and historically marginalised community facing significant challenges, including limited access to basic services such as healthcare and education.

While recognising the state government’s intention to enhance security, Suhakam emphasises the importance of a balanced approach that addresses the immediate needs of those affected by the demolitions.

Suhakam advocates for immediate assistance to be provided to the displaced members of the Bajau Laut community. This includes ensuring access to temporary housing, medical care and educational resources to minimise the disruption to their lives.

We encourage ongoing dialogue and collaboration between the state government, the Bajau Laut community, and humanitarian organisations to develop sustainable and inclusive strategies that address broader issues while respecting the rights and dignity of all individuals involved.

Suhakam remains committed to monitoring the situation closely and working towards solutions that uphold human rights. – Suhakam

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