This is contrary to how we are supposed to write UPR reports. We are informed that we have to be specific, evidence based and relevant. - Honey Tan
PETALING JAYA: The government's report on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council has been criticised for being short and inaccurate.
The Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Process (Comango) gathered on Thursday to provide an analysis of the government's UPR report.
“It is quite a broad report and very non-specific,” said Honey Tan, from Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower) and the co-secretariat of Comango.
“This is contrary to how we are supposed to write UPR reports. We are informed that we have to be specific, evidence based and relevant,” said Tan.
Centre of Independent Journalism executive officer and member of Comango, Masjaliza Hamzah, said there are several issues and incidents that were not mentioned in the government’s report.
“The government report doesn’t mention anything about Bersih 3.0, it doesn’t mention anything about journalists getting beaten up and their equipment being seized,” said Masjaliza.
“They also do not mention the findings of the inquiry done by Suhakam with regards to Bersih 3.0,” she added.
Andrew Khoo, a bar council member and chairperson of the Human Rights Committee, agreed that the report was short on detail.
“We want real sense of how human rights have improved in this country,” said Khoo.
He added that the lack of footnotes in the government’s report showed how superficial their report was.
“If you write a university essay and put one footnote a page, you’d probably fail because there isn’t enough substance,” said Khoo.
“The report is thin and so lacking in substance and lacking with facts about what actual progress has been made in terms of human rights,” he said.
The Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Malaysia is set for Oct 24, four years after the first in 2009.