Suhakam wants UN treaty on civil, political rights ratified

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement today in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day that the right to exercise freedom of expression and opinion was imperative for the holistic development of an individual and it was the foundation of every democratic society. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng for the MMO.

KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 — The National Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) called today for Malaysia to accede to the United Nations’ International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Razali Ismail said in a statement today in conjunction with World Press Freedom Day that the right to exercise freedom of expression and opinion was imperative for the holistic development of an individual and it was the foundation of every democratic society.

“Suhakam has always regarded the media as an essential instrument that has the potential to contribute immensely to the promotion and protection of human rights.

“The media does not only act as a conveyor of information but it also, either intentionally or indirectly, shapes public perception and opinion,” he said.

Razali noted that Article 19 of the ICCPR provides that everyone has the right “to seek, receive and impart information and ideas of all kinds, regardless of frontiers, either orally, in writing or in print, in the form of art, or through any other media of his choice”. Read more

Society’s duty to push for recognition of human rights

Source: FMT News

Expert on social democracy dismisses Malaysia’s arguments for not signing the UN Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

PETALING JAYA: It is the peoples’ obligation to push their governments to recognise universally acknowledged rights, says renowned authority on social democracy Thomas Meyer.

Speaking to FMT, Meyer said political values of social justice are universal values, which governments needed to cater for, if they wanted the support of the people.

He said this when asked if social democratic aspirations could be achieved in Malaysia even though the country was not a signatory to the United Nations’ International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights.

Social democracy is a socialistic system of government achieved by democratic means. Read more