C - Political Reform C00. POLITICAL REFORM

C16. Make our human rights record respected by the world

May 10, 2018
In progress
Jul 2018

Saifuddin pledges to push for ratification of six international human rights conventions

The Star July 03, 2018

Newly minted Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah pledged to push for the ratification of six international human rights conventions. "As stated in our (Pakatan Harapan) manifesto, we aspire to sign all the international human rights conventions.There are nine conventions, of which we have only ratified three," he told reporters after taking office in Wisma Putra after the swearing-in ceremony at Istana Negara earlier on Monday (July 2). Besides the nation playing a more effective role in promoting human rights, Saifuddin said that it was also his personal goal to see Malaysia be a part of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal 2030.

May 2018

Make our human rights record respected by the world

May 10, 2018

The Pakatan Harapan Government will make the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) a body that is highly-regarded and respected. SUHAKAM’s Annual Report will be debated in Parliament so that proposals receive the appropriate attention. The appointment of SUHAKAM Commissioners will be done through a parliamentary committee. The National Human Rights Blueprint will be improved and implemented in full. Our goal is to ensure Malaysia’s position in the Universal Periodic Review improves and that our performance are at par with global development. Financial support for the activities of SUHAKAM and other human rights bodies will be improved. The capacity of the Office of the Malaysian Representative to the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) will also be improved so that we can play a major role at the regional level. Suitable international conventions that are not yet ratified will be ratified as soon as possible, including the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights.