TALK : BRINGING HOME THE MESSAGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS by Mr Andrew Khoo

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  • May 16, 2011
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Friday, 27th May, 2011 | 5.00 p.m. | Selangor Bar Committee Auditorium

Registration Fee: Members of the Bar RM35.00 Pupils in Chambers RM20.00 Non-Members RM50.00

Talk : BRINGING HOME THE MESSAGE OF HUMAN RIGHTS

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Human Rights is sometimes understood as something distant and alien to our everyday lives.  Proponents refer to international norms and conventions with which lawyers, let alone members of the public, are unfamiliar.  Do human rights laws even exist in Malaysia, and to what extent are international conventions of any use in Malaysia?  Why should we even bother?  It does not seem to affect us.

About the Speaker:-

Andrew Khoo is a partner in a small legal practice in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia. He currently serves as Chair of the Malaysian Bar Council’s Human Rights Committee (BCHRC).

He has worked together with the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (SUHAKAM) on various matters such as legal empowerment of the poor as a development issue under the Millennium Development Goals, child rights, and appearing before a SUHAKAM inquiry in relation to the arrest of 5 lawyers at Brickfields Police Station. He has briefed parliamentarians on the DNA Identification bill and the Personal Data Protection bill, and spoken in parliamentary forums on proposed amendments to the University and University Colleges Act 1971 and on the United Nations Universal Periodic Review on Malaysia in 2009. He has also addressed the issue of human rights in Malaysia at the Human Rights Council and the United Nations High Commission for Refugees, both in Geneva, at the European Union in Brussels, at the Commonwealth Secretariat in London, as well as regionally and locally.

The BCHRC deals with numerous human rights issues including trafficking in persons, refugees, the Internal Security Act and other preventive detention legislation, the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission/Special Complaints Commission/Enforcement Agencies Integrity Commission, Malaysia’s membership of the International Criminal Court, Malaysia’s human rights record and Universal Periodic Review Process before the Human Rights Council, religious freedom, freedom of assembly/information/ expression, and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Recently, Andrew appeared on behalf of SUHAKAM in the Court of Appeal as watching brief counsel in a high-profile child custody case, where for the first time SUHAKAM was permitted to make submissions on the issue of the human rights of a child under the Convention on the Rights of the Child.

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