Saifuddin: Putrajaya to sign more UN human rights treaties

Source: Malay Mail

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah speaks during a press conference at Wisma Putra in Putrajaya, July 2 2018. Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

PUTRAJAYA, July 2 — The Foreign Affairs Ministry will focus on improving several policies, such as pertaining to human rights, freedom, the environment and sustainable development, said the new Foreign Minister, Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

He said the government had pledged to sign six more international human rights conventions and achieve the global 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Saifuddin, who was sworn in today, said that as Asean policies remained the priority, the ministry would also continue to enhance bilateral ties in the region.

“We will continue with our foreign policies and continue our bilateral ties with all countries.

“Neutrality policies will be continued and we are also looking at several improvements in the area of human rights and SDGs,” he told reporters after attending a briefing session with ministry officials here. Read more

Former Suhakam chairman, beseeches gov’t to ratify 6 core int’l human rights treaties

Source: NST Online

Tan Sri Hasmy Agam speaks at the Suhakam forum in conjunction with World Human Rights Day, Kuala Lumpur, December 8, 2016. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Tan Sri Hasmy Agam speaks at the Suhakam forum in conjunction with World Human Rights Day, Kuala Lumpur, December 8, 2016. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has been urged to sign the remaining six out of nine core International Human Right Treaties to be on par with other developed nations.

The suggestion was given by former chairman of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, as he said by 2020 with Malaysia being a developed nation, the country would be judged on a much higher standard in terms of human rights issues.

“As we move towards being a developed nation by 2020 or whenever we achieve the status, this is a timely act.

“In order for us to be a developed country, in both sense of the word (human rights), we need to improve our human rights records and performance to be on par with other developed nations,” he said at a forum during the Joint Commemoration of the 2016 Human Rights Day held here yesterday. Read more