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MALAYSIA’S THIRD UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW (UPR) BY THE UPR WORKING GROUP OF THE UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL,
8 NOVEMBER 2018, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
Malaysia is scheduled to participate in its Third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on Thursday, 8 November 2018, at the UN Office at Geneva, Switzerland. The Malaysian delegation will be led by the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dato' Seri Ramlan Ibrahim. He will be accompanied by officials from 14 Ministries and agencies, including the Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development, Ministry of Human Resources, Ministry of Education, the Attorney General’s Chambers, the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM), the Federal Court, the Department of Orang Asli Development (JAKOA), and officers from the State Government of Sarawak.
The UPR is a unique process which reviews the human rights’ records of each UN Member State once every four and a half years. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges in upholding human rights.
The UPR is conducted as a peer review mechanism by the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council, in the format of a mutually respectful interactive dialogue among UN Member States. The period reviewed is from November 2013 to March 2018. Malaysia had previously participated in its Second UPR on 24 October 2013.
For Malaysia’s third UPR, a National Report was prepared in collaboration and consultation with the relevant Government ministries and agencies, as well as SUHAKAM and civil society representatives. The Report had been submitted to the UPR Secretariat on 2 August 2018.
Malaysia’s participation in its Third UPR reflects the Government’s commitment to engage with the international community and having continued discourses on human rights. This also demonstrates that Malaysia is open to engage with other UN Member States in a frank, meaningful and robust exchange of views in the field of promotion and protection of human rights such as the accession to international human rights instruments.
8 November 2018
List of Agencies involved in the 3rd UPR Process