Malaysia should heed its own advice to the United States, for calling on the superpower to improve its human rights record, Amnesty International (AI) Malaysia said.
Malaysia advised the US to do so during the 22nd Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in Geneva on Monday.
“Malaysia must remember that the world is aware of its failing human rights record at home, especially against critics and dissent.
“The recent mass arrests of peaceful protesters, the clampdown on the freedom of expression, offline and online, as well as continued use of the death penalty for non-serious crimes constitute only a handful of human rights violations committed by Malaysia.
“Perhaps, it is time that Malaysia takes its own advice,” AI Malaysia executive director Shamini Darshni said in a statement yesterday.
Malaysia’s advised the US to stop excessive use of force by law enforcement officials, address discrimination against minority groups and ban torture and inhumane treatment of detainees.
Shamini said these were the same recommendations made to Malaysia its own UPR last March, which it had rejected. Read more