Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) wants govt to review detention of immigration officers under ISA

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010 21:46:00

KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) today urged the government to review the detention of seven immigration officers and two foreigners under the Internal Security Act (ISA), for suspicion of human trafficking.

Suhakam chairman Tan Sri Hasmy Agam said in a statement today that their detention clearly violated their human rights and was not relevant since it can be handled under the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act 2007.

Their detention without trial was in breach of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 (UHDR) which states that all detainees must be tried in court to ensure their rights are upheld, he said in the statement.

Suhakam is concerned and views the matter very seriously.

On Oct 14, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the detained officers had been monitored for some time by the police due to their involvement with heads of syndicates which was dangerous and detrimental to the security of the nation.

The officers were detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the Low Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang.

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