|Suhakam to hold public inquiry on Bersih 3.0 incidents|
|Tuesday, 22 May 2012 10:23am|
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PETALING JAYA: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has decided to conduct a public inquiry into allegations on incidents during and after the Bersih 3.0 rally held on April 28.
In a statement to the media, the commission said this decision takes into account its own monitoring of the event and a number of other pertinent factors, including the submission of complaints, reports and memoranda from the public, human rights and professional groups, as well as other members of civil society to Suhakam.
Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said the commission had wanted to, but can no longer await, the release of the terms of reference of the Independent Panel established by the government as they have yet to be finalised.
He said: “Notwithstanding investigations to be conducted by the panel, the commission is obliged to carry out its own public inquiry pursuant to its mandate as provided under the Human Rights
Commission of Malaysia Act 1999 (Act 597).”The Suhakam panel of inquiry will be chaired by vice-chairman Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee and assisted by commissioners Prof Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Abdul Majid and Detta Samen.
The terms of reference of the inquiry are:
Suhakam is calling for public submissions of evidence and information following the allegations of among others, the unnecessary use of force by the authorities.
The public and the media which had witnessed any act or incident relating to allegations of human rights violations, or who believe that they may be able to give relevant information and/or documents and other evidence including photos and video recordings pertaining to these or other such allegations are invited to contact the commission before noon June 4. For details, call 03-2612 5600.
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