Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Probe death camps issue, Suhakam requested

12:45PM Jun 17, 2015
By Geraldine Tong
The Malaysian Bar Council and the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) are requesting for a public inquiry into the issue of the boat people and the death camps.

Representatives from the two organisations were at The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia's (Suhakam) office in Kuala Lumpur today to submit a memorandum detailing their request.

"We are not getting enough action, we are certainly not getting enough information," Bar Council president Steven Thiru said.

What is occurring with the boat people and the death camps are clear violations of human rights and must be investigated thoroughly, he insisted.

Hakam president S Ambiga added that initially the government pledged transparency regarding these issues, but "their reports have become increasingly sketchy and contradictory."

On May 24th, several death camps were discovered in Wang Kelian along with a number of graves.

In accepting the memorandum, Suhakam commissioner Aishah Bidin said this is an issue they take very seriously.

She promised the commission will look further into their proposals but also cautioned that Suhakam would need a lot of evidence to support its investigation.

A reporter then pointed out to the representatives that Suhakam's final report might be ignored by the authorities, just as the Special Branch claimed their report of the corrupt border officers wereignored.

Ambiga remained undeterred, explaining that the process of the inquiry was equally important.

She said that the process would throw up evidence for the public to see.

"The authorities may ignore it, but the public will not," she asserted.

~ Malaysiakini

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