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PRESS RELEASE : RESPONSE TO THE UNITED STATES’ 2015 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNTRY REPORT ON MALAYSIA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

RESPONSE TO THE UNITED STATES’ 2015 HUMAN RIGHTS COUNTRY REPORT ON MALAYSIA

 

The Government of Malaysia refers to the 2015 Country Report on Human Rights Practices concerning Malaysia that was released by the United States Department of State as part of its annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices of 195 countries and territories.

 

The Government of Malaysia wishes to clarify that the report is based on unsubstantiated information and relies primarily on sources whose objectivity is questionable. The Government of Malaysia regrets that the allegations contained in the report were selectively reflected to impute disrepute on the Government of Malaysia, and did not take into consideration its efforts to promote and protect human rights. This unwarranted report by the US was prepared in the absence of any formal engagement with Government officials, despite the close bilateral relations between Malaysia and the US. Unfortunately, this one-sided approach taken by the US precludes a true appreciation and balanced understanding of the facts of the cases and allegations highlighted. The report clearly reflects the US’ partial evaluation of the Government’s perspective and disregards the Government’s commitment and efforts on human rights practices in Malaysia.

 

The US continues to ignore Malaysia’s sovereign right to decide on its internal affairs which takes into account its own circumstances and the prevailing threats to its society, and its responsibility to protect national security and maintain peace and order in this country. Malaysia highly values its progressive and dynamic bilateral ties with the US and believes that the ties would be further strengthened with better understanding of domestic issues in Malaysia.

 

The Government of Malaysia remains committed to ensuring the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms as guaranteed in the Federal Constitution of Malaysia. It will continue to take the necessary measures for every citizen to enjoy fundamental freedoms in a manner which does not impinge on the exercise of the rights of others, or is a threat to the security and stability of the nation.

 

Putrajaya

22 April 2016