NHRAP should be totally rewritten — Proham

Source: Malaysiakini

By Kuthubul Zaman Bukhari & Denison Jayasooria,
The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham)

The Society for the Promotion of Human Rights (Proham) calls for a total rewrite of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) to ensure that it is consistent with global human rights standards.

Further, Proham calls on political parties in GE14 to declare their commitment to human rights.

Proham is greatly disappointed with the Malaysian government for its lacklustre commitment to human rights as reflected in its formulation of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) as mandated by the Vienna Convention and subsequently suggested by Suhakam in 2001 and also recommended by the Universal Periodical Review (UPR) in 2009 and 2013. Read more

In action plan, Putrajaya wants human rights balanced with Islam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) should not be the sole benchmark for human rights, the Malaysian government said in its National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP).

Putrajaya said the blueprint towards guaranteeing Malaysians’ human rights was developed with four main references in mind: The Federal Constitution, the UDHR, Malaysian politics and socio-culture and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI).

“In the context of Malaysia, the human rights issue especially those involving the role of religion, ethics and culture must be tackled parallel to Islamic teachings and the Federal Constitution.

“Otherwise, it would erode a life of religion and bring about moral ruin among the society,” it said in the plan, under a section detailing the framework of human rights in the country. Read more

NHRAP falls short of addressing systemic inequalities in Malaysia — Comango

Source: The Malay Mail Online

MARCH 6 — The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (Comango) commends the government of Malaysia for finally launching the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP).

The NHRAP includes 294 action plans in 83 priority areas categorised under 5 pillars – civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, rights of the vulnerable people, rights of the indigenous peoples and Malaysia’s international human rights responsibilities. While Comango found many parts of the NHRAP comprehensive and well-explored, particularly the action plan items for the welfare of elderly persons, we found glaring reasons for concern in many others.

The NHRAP as a whole falls short in addressing systemic human rights issues, root causes of inequality and the enjoyment of human rights for all in the country, and lacks a gender perspective. Some of the actions points proposed also do not adequately address the issues at hand. For example, on the issues of underaged marriages, the action item offered is to update the standard operating procedure (SOP) for child marriages, which only serves to fortify the act instead of to safeguard the rights of the child. While it is commendable that the NHRAP highlighted misuse of racial and religious themes in politics, the corresponding action item to increase voter awareness does not reflect how this objective will be achieved as those who politicise racial and religious issues in Malaysia are often those connected to political power. Read more

At launch of human rights plan, Najib pledges no repeat of Ops Lalang

Source: MalayMail Online

PUTRAJAYA, March 1 ― Legislative transformation over the past few years will ensure there is no repeat of the notorious Ops Lalang security crackdown of 1987 under his administration, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak assured the public today.

Najib pointed out the fact that he had abolished the Internal Security Act which was used during Ops Lalang, and also introduced laws such as the Peaceful Assembly Act instead.

“All these changes ensures that there will not be another Ops Lalang,” Najib said while launching the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) at his office. Read more

PM to launch National Human Rights Action Plan in March – Azalina

Source: Malaysiakini

The government is set to launch the much-awaited National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) in March this year, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Azalina Othman Said today.

Speaking at her annual address to the Legal Affairs Division (BHEUU) in Putrajaya, Azalina thanked the division for its achievements in 2017 and anticipated that the launch of the NHRAP would be another milestone.

“Prime Minister (Najib Abdul Razak) will launch the National Human Rights Action Plan and my target is either early March or the end of February.

“The setting up of this National Human Rights Action Plan will be a success, as we know this is the PM’s legacy.

“(This is) so that the rakyat will understand that human rights issues are very important in our country,” she said as she addressed members of the 13 agencies parked under the division.

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Dialogue with the Consultants of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP)

Dear friends,

Dialogue with the Consultants of the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP)

Malaysia Government has been planning for some time now to establish the National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP). Therefore, the cabinet on the 12th of October 2012 had agreed to establish a National Human Rights Action Plan with the focus to 5 cores which are:

1) Civil and political rights
2) Economic, social and cultural rights
3) Rights of the Vulnerable Group
4) Rights of the Indigenous People
5) International Obligations

The NHRAP for Malaysia are to:

1) Provide guidance to government officials, non-governmental organizations, professional bodies, educators and the society’s responsibility to ensure human rights is preserved;
2) Strengthening the functions of the bodies in charge of issues related to human rights;
3) Promoting the ratification of the internal human rights treaties in accordance with the Federal Constitution and help monitor the country’s involvement in international obligations;
4) Promoting sensitivity to issues of National Rights; and
5) Providing emphasis to human rights aspects in the country’s development

As you may know BHEUU (Bahagian Hal Ehwal Undang-Undang – Legal Affairs Divsion (BHEUU), Prime Minister’s Office) has mandated a team of Consultants to develop the NHRAP for Malaysia after getting input from all stakeholders. They are on a roadshow in the country to meet NGOs and individuals to solicit inputs towards developing NHRAP.

Kindly look at their website for more information http://nhrapmalaysia.com/

We have agreed for a dedicated meeting between the NHRAP consultants.

The meeting with the consultants of the NHRAP on the 16th May 2016 at Pusat KOMAS 2.30-5.30 pm. Below is the programme agenda of the meeting.

2.15 pm – Registration
2.30 pm – Introduction to NHRAP
3.00 pm – Open Discussion
5.30 pm – End

Please RSVP to Ryan Chua at ryanc@komas.org or whatsapp at 016-3010380 to confirm your attendance for this consultation.

Best regards,
Ryan Chua
Programme Coordinator
Pusat Komas
A-2-10, 8 Avenue,
Jalan Sungai Jernih 8/1,
Seksyen 8, 46050, Petaling Jaya.
Tel/Fax: 03-79685415

Nancy: National Human Rights Action Plan to be implemented

Source: The Sun Daily

KUALA LUMPUR: The National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) will be implemented before year’s end as a guide to preserving human rights in the country, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nancy Shukri.

She said the government had long intended to introduce the plan but it was delayed due to shortage of funds.

“The plan is a five-year programme and needs the involvement of many parties. Before this, the programme (relating to human rights) we only carried out at the government and agency levels.

“But the scope of human rights is actually big and we could not widen our scope due to shortage of funds,” she told reporters after launching a Seminar on the National Human Rights Action Plan here today.

She said the government had approved an allocation of more than RM4 million for the implementation of the plan. Read more