PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia will conduct six-monthly evaluations of the recommendations of the UPR that have been implemented.
This is one of the key advances promised in the Malaysia report for the third cycle (Nov 2013 – March 2018) of the UPR in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.
According to the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Datuk Seri Ramlan Ibrahim, when he read the statement of Malaysia, although a state is reviewed once every five years, does not mean that the resulting procedures should happen as often.
"We believe that this move will give us more opportunities to take stock of our efforts and identify responses to the challenges that may arise," he told the UNHRC.
He said the government has already begun a timetable for the six-month meetings between key stakeholders from both the government and civil society organizations to monitor progress in implementing the agreed and accepted recommendations of the third cycle.
Mr Ramlan said the first meeting is expected to take place after the return of the Malaysian delegation when all interested parties will examine the proposals put forward yesterday to promote them.
"The government will also institutionalize co-operation and commitment between Malaysian institutions on human rights and civil society stakeholders to achieve a more effective UPR process," he said.
Mr Ramlan said Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah personally heads and supervises a working group on the development of a horizontal database that not only included the UPR recommendations and the status of the implementation but also implemented the Sustainable Development objectives of the UN,.
"We firmly believe that this will bring Malaysia in a much better position to assess the performance of human rights through a broad set of indicators," he said.
Mr Ramlan said the government's efforts to promote and protect human rights would not stop in those recommendations that the previous government had accepted in the second round.
"We have a new look at the recommendations that Malaysia had noted only in previous circles and we believe that there is plenty of room to go in this direction," he said.
The UPR is a UNHRC mechanism that includes a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states.
The UPR is an opportunity for all states to declare the actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and to overcome the challenges of enjoying these rights. – Bernhama