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On Saturday June 01, 2013, the people of Malaysian were confronted with yet another case of custodial death - the third in 11 days since May 21 (http://www.thesundaily.my/news/727985).
According to the Malaysian Bar Council, "156 persons died in police custody between 2000 and February 2011, and it has been reported that there were at least six such deaths in 2012, with this being the fifth one in 2013. This data [...] points to an average of at least one death in police custody per month since 2000." (http://www.malaysianbar.org.my/press_statements/press_release_unabated_deaths_in_custody_will_they_ever_end_.html)
In many of these cases, the bodies of the detainees were found with marks or evidence that suggest torture, lack of medical attention, or neglect. We believe that the recurrence of deaths-in-custody can only be prevented through investigations that uphold international human rights standards, such as the United Nations Principles on the Effective Prevention and Investigation of Extra-legal, Arbitrary and Summary Executions, and the United Nations Code of Conduct for Law Enforcement Officials. To that end, we urge OHCHR to establish a Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights to look into the grave and mounting toll of custodial deaths in Malaysia, and to recommend measures that will help combat a culture of impunity which encourages such crimes.
- Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
Establish a Special Rapporteur on Custodial Deaths in Malaysia
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