Malaysia’s 2nd UPR: Accepting and Implementing Recommendations

Malaysia’s 2nd Universal Periodic Review (UPR): Accepting and implementing recommendations  

By Honey Tan Lay Ean

Geneva, Switzerland

25 October 2013

It is cloudy with no chance of meatballs in Geneva. Actually it has been raining – quite a fair bit. Lucky for us our excitement kept us warm in the lead up to Malaysia’s universal periodic review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council on 24 October 2013. Coincidentally, 24 October is United Nations Day. Continue reading

More attention and action needed on HR

The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs for the UPR Process (COMANGO), Jaringan Orang Asal SeMalaysia (JOAS) and the Bar Council through its Human Rights Committee concur with Dato’ Ho May Yong, Deputy Secretary-General, Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and head of the government delegation to the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia: much more attention and action is needed on human rights in Malaysia. Continue reading

No to pre-censorship of films and videos

No to pre-censorship of films and videos

We, the  112  undersigned  civil society groups, trade unions and organisations are shocked that the Malaysian government, after the recent general election has resorted to charging human rights defender Lena Hendry on Sept 19, 2013 for being involved in the screening of a documentary ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’ at a human rights event in Kuala Lumpur on July 9, 2013. Continue reading


The alleged rapist: a 40 year old restaurant manager, the victim; a 13 year old girl. According to the Star and the Sabah Daily Express on 8 May 2013, the 40-year old man was applying for the withdrawal of the rape charge before the Sessions Court in Kota Kinabalu as he is going to marry the girl. Shockingly, the Deputy Public Prosecutor had not objected to the case being withdrawn, pending the marriage approval before the Syariah Court. Continue reading

Malaysian government UPR report hypocritical – COMANGO

Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO)

26 September 2013

Malaysian government UPR report hypocritical – COMANGO

KUALA LUMPUR – A human rights report prepared by the Malaysian government was criticised as being hypocritical by a coalition of 54 non-governmental organisations (NGOs). The report was prepared ahead of the government’s evaluation on October 24th under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a United Nations human rights mechanism. Continue reading

Women’s Empowerment?

29 August 2013

Letter to the editor

Women’s Empowerment?

The Prime Minister’s recent appointment of an advisor to oversee the development of women entrepreneurs and professionals is a piece-meal action to fulfill the government’s commitments made in the Tenth Malaysia Plan. Continue reading