Tuesday, June 28, 2011

THE RIGHT TO HOLD PEACEFUL ASSEMBLIES


SURUHANJAYA HAK ASASI MANUSIA MALAYSIA
HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF MALAYSIA

Tel: 603-2612 5600

TINGKAT 11, MENARA TH PERDANA, Fax: 603-2612 5620
JALAN SULTAN ISMAIL, Email:humanrights@suhakam.org.my
50250 KUALA LUMPUR Web:www.suhakam.org.my

“Hak Asasi Untuk Semua”
“Human Rights For All”


EDITOR, NEWS DESK FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PRESS STATEMENT

THE RIGHT TO HOLD PEACEFUL ASSEMBLIES
MUST BE PROTECTED


The Human Rights Commision of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) refers to the peaceful assembly being planned by the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih), scheduled for 9 July 2011, and also to those reportedly planned by UMNO Youth & Perkasa, and reiterates its position that it is the right of members of the public to assemble and to express their views in a peaceful manner, as provided under Article 10(1)(b) of the Federal Constitution, as well as Article 20(1) of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

The Commission recalls the recommendations it had made in the past for the Government to respect the freedom of assembly, as contained in, among others, its Annual Reports to Parliament, as well as its requests for the repeal of of sub-sections (2), (2A)-(2D),(4),(4A), (5),(5A)-(5C),(7) and (8) of Section 27 and Section 27A of the Police Act 1967, and its recommendation that where the Police finds it necessary to control or disperse a crowd during an assembly, proportionate and nonviolent methods should be employed.

The Commission calls on the authorities to allow the planned peaceful assemblies to be held, and on the parties intending to hold these assemblies to exercise their rights in a peaceful and responsible manner. The Commission shall duly monitor the event.

TAN SRI HASMY AGAM
Chairman
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia

28 June 2011

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