Ambiga: Postponing Suhakam event is ‘giving in to bullies’

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan criticised authorities for making the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) defer its Human Rights Day celebration tomorrow, saying this was bowing to organisers of a rally against an anti-discrimination treaty.

The chairman of the National Human Rights Society (Hakam) noted that tomorrow was the International Day for Human Rights, which she said Suhakam has celebrated on the appointed day in previous years without issue.

PAS and Umno are organising a rally to “give thanks” for the government decision to reject the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), with Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Annuar Musa accusing Suhakam of provocation with its celebrations.

“Asking Suhakam to cancel an event that celebrates International Human Rights Day which many have done for years and years.

“Wow! That’s a first. So now we celebrate by cancelling events rather than having them! Great. And we were on the Human Rights Council!!

“Again giving in to bullies,” Ambiga wrote on Twitter.

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