LETTER | On April 3, the Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) delivered its decision in the public inquiry into the disappearances of Amri Che Mat and pastor Raymond Koh, both of whom were social workers who were targeted by various state actors for religious reasons prior to their disappearances on Nov 24, 2016 and Feb 13, 2017 respectively.
Suhakam’s decisions on both these cases were unanimous and clear: that Raymond and Amri were victims of enforced disappearance and that they were abducted by “state agents namely, the Special Branch, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur”.
The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) is thankful to Suhakam for conducting this inquiry with integrity, impartiality, transparency and courage.
Suhakam had to take this up in the absence of an impartial and serious investigation, which the Malaysian police should have conducted as part of their statutory duty to uphold law and order in this country.
This Suhakam investigation and inquiry process has been a vindication of the need for human rights to be placed at the forefront of all law and order matters in Malaysia.
Going forward, we urge the Malaysian government to pay heed to the recommendations made by Suhakam today, including:
The Pakatan Harapan government in its manifesto for the 2018 general election had promised that the country will uphold the rule of law, and that all citizens will be treated equally before the law.
We call upon the prime minister to deliver on this promise and bring closure to this matter so that the families affected will find the justice they have been seeking for many years.
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