|Govt role in proposed National Human Rights Action Plan lauded|
|Thursday, 31 May 2012 08:53am|
©The Star (Used by permission)
by SHAILA KOSHY
KUALA LUMPUR: The proposed National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP) should be a government-driven process, says Suhakam.
Chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said he had asked de facto law minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz for the Government “to take the initiative and ownership of the NHRAP”.
“We believe it should be a government-driven process, like the National Development Plan, and should be implemented in tandem with it.
“We are deeply gratified that the Government has responded positively to our advice and recommendation and pleased it intends to pursue the NHRAP on an urgent basis.”
He said this when asked about the Government drafting an NHRAP when Suhakam had done one and submitted it.
Nazri, in launching a two-day seminar on the drafting of the plan, had said an NHRAP would help establish elements of human rights in the implementation of existing policies and drafting of new ones.
He said a steering committee would be set up to draft the plan, subject to government approval.
Resource persons at the seminar had included Laurent Meillan from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Hasmy said Suhakam had a few meetings with the Legal Affairs Division in the Prime Minister's Department and had given it its draft NHRAP for consideration.
“We also facilitated input from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Bangkok for this project.”
Hasmy said Suhakam would work closely with the division in the developmental stages of the NHRAP and would encourage consultations with human rights groups and civil society so “Malaysia's first NHRAP would be ambitious yet realistic and easily implemented”.
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