1st August 2021: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) deployed a team to monitor the assembly organized by Sekretariat Solidariti Rakyat today in Kuala Lumpur which was participated by approximately 1000 people.
The 7-person SUHAKAM observation team was led by Commissioner Mr. Jerald Joseph together with Commissioners Dato Mah Weng Kwai and Dr. Nik Salida Suhaila.
SUHAKAM observed that the assembly was peaceful without any untoward incidents. We were encouraged by the observance by the organizer and participants in making every effort to comply the Pandemic SOPs in place. We believe that this measure could be further improved in the future.
The police were seen facilitating the assembly by negotiating with the organisers to ensure that the assembly happened, despite the last-minute change to disallow participants to gather at Dataran Merdeka as planned.
As stated in its recent press statement dated 30 July 2021, SUHAKAM reiterated that the rights of the people to gather peacefully has been guaranteed in Part II, Article 10 (1)(b) of the Federal Constitution which states that all citizens have the right to assemble peaceably and without arms.
SUHAKAM would like to express its gratitude to everyone who have respected the freedom of assembly and expression during the assembly today.
We call on the Police to desist investigating and charging anyone merely for exercising this fundamental rights.
SUHAKAM congratulates all involved in ensuring that this right was exercised in a responsible way by all parties.