KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 28, 2015:

The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has explained that they were clear about monitoring the conduct of both the participants and police during the Bersih 4.0 rally to be held this weekend without bias.

This comes after the commission was chided recently for their plans to monitor the rally.

“Because there was some confusion due to misunderstanding that spread on mass media on the role of the commission in monitoring the peaceful assembly, it is important to explain to all quarters that the commission carries out its functions and powers neutrally and unbiased.

“Hence, the monitoring that will be conducted will involve all aspects in guaranteeing the right to assemble peacefully as provided for under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012,” Suhakam acting chair Prof Datuk Dr Mahmood Zuhdi Ab Majib said in a statement today.

Yesterday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar was reported to have criticised Suhakam for their decision, accusing the commission of only being concerned with the people’s rights.

He said they should not be monitoring the police and instead focus on Bersih organisers and participants.

Mahmood stressed that the commission had previously stated that organisers, participants and police should all respect and abide by the principles of the freedom to assemble peacefully.

Explaining further, he also said their decision was based on the mandate provided for under the Malaysian Human Rights Commission Act 1999.

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