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The SUHAKAM Public Inquiry Into the Incidents During and After Bersih 3.0

The SUHAKAM Public Inquiry Into the Incidents During and After Bersih 3.0

The current issue going on around in the country would be the inquest into the alleged violence and police brutality in the recent Bersih 3.0 sit-in rally. The inquest is being carried out by Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia or Suhakam (Human Rights Commission of Malaysia).

Basically, what it is looking into is the “incidents during and after the public assembly of 28 April 2012” where Bersih had held a public assembly around Dataran Merdeka after being denied using the place by the authorities.

After the rally, it was reported that there were many incidents and events where people were assaulted and even robbed by the police force. The Panel of Inquiry is chaired by the vice-chairman of Suhakam Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee and 2 other commissioners from the body which are Professor Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi b Hj Abdul Majid and Detta Samen respectively.

Apart from that, there is an additional 3 other teams who act as observes which are the Royal Police Force (PDRM), the Malaysian Bar Council and Bersih 2.0. Among the issues that Suhakam is looking into include determining if there were any violations of human rights during the assembly.

If it was found that there are instances of such, then the inquiry will look into whether how it happened and if there were any instructions or arrangements that could have contributed it which will in turn determine the person or the agency that issued the directive. This means that if anyone for that matter, be it the police department or the Home Ministry had directed the police to inflict violence would be ascertained, if it did occur.

Apart from that, the inquiry will also need to make recommendations on any measures that can be taken so that incidents like these do not happen again.

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