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Human Rights Commission in limbo

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Aliran is gravely perturbed at the total disregard for the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia. The Barisan Nasional Government has completely ignored an Act of Parliament that had given birth to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia as  “a body corporate having perpetual succession…”

Except for three members, the office of the rest of the Commissioners have fallen vacant upon the expiry of their terms of tenure on 23 April 2006.  

The Human Rights Commission is in limbo. At present it has no Chairman, and therefore no meetings can be held [Rule 7 (1)]. 

It is in no position to provide a quorum because two thirds of its members must be currently serving members of the Commission to enable a quorum [Rule (3)].  

The Government has not only snubbed the Commission all this while by not debating its mandatory annual report submitted to Parliament, but also now chosen to insult it. It has deliberately refused to reappoint the out-going Commissioners or to appoint new Commissioners so that the Commission will continue to have “perpetual succession”.  

The Barisan Government’s conduct is wholly deplorable. Malaysians have a right to ask, “What is the stand of Parliament since the Government has not respected Parliament by honouring an Act passed by this august body?” 

With this utter disrespect for human rights, on what basis is the Barisan Government seeking membership into the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council?  

Please do not shame the nation internationally.  

P Ramakrishnan


25 April 2006  

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