MALAYSIA SHOULD UPHOLD THE HIGHEST STANDARDS IN THE PROMOTION AND PROTECTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (the Commission) is greatly disappointed with the recent hasty deportation of the Saudi newspaper columnist Hamza Kashgari, who was under the detention by Malaysian police on 9 February, reportedly at the request of the Saudi Arabian authorities. That Kashgari was deported even after a written plea by the Commission to the Home Minister to consider his case in line with human rights principles and in particular, the non-refoulment principle under which a person facing persecution in his country should not be returned to that country, came as a shock.
In this regard, the Commission reiterates its call to the Government, being a member of the UN Human Rights Council, to illustrate its commitment to uphold the highest standards in the promotion and protection of human rights in the country.
“HUMAN RIGHTS FOR ALL”
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
13 February 2012