KUALA LUMPUR, 6 Aug 2009: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has been unanimously elected to sit on the International Coordinating Committee (ICC) of Human Rights Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights.
The election was made at the annual meeting of the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (APF) held in Amman, Jordan, on 2 Aug, Suhakam said in a statement here today.
Suhakam said its election was a significant milestone as it did not only show international and regional recognition of Suhakam’s role in the promotion and protection of human rights, but also enabled the commission to play a more proactive and visible role in the international arena.
Suhakam was also elected by the APF to be on the Steering Committee on Migration and Migrant Workers which has been set up, it said.
Suhakam’s achievement in being elected by its regional peers to the ICC and as a member of the Steering Committee on Migration Working Group was a recognition for Malaysia, it added.
Besides Malaysia, India, New Zealand and Jordan are also on the ICC as representatives from the Asia Pacific. — Bernama