Zaid: No compromise on human rightsPosted: July 30, 2008
Zaid Ibrahim, de-facto Law Minister in the PM’s Dept, had the following to say:
“I have been a minister for just about three months and in that time I have talked about various issues – the need to review legislation such as the Internal Security Act, judicial reform, granting wider public access to justice through legal aid, tackling the backlog of cases, the case for greater press freedoms.”
“Such talk has caused consternation to some elements within my own party, to the point that I am accused of espousing opposition policies, and thus I should resign.”
“The opposition has also called for my resignation on grounds that I have not done enough to bring about the promised changes.”
[He said] […] governments can no longer say they subscribe to the rule of law and yet compromise on the issues of human rights.
“Equally they cannot say they believe in the rule of law and yet practice arbitrary detention without regard for oversights and adequate review process.
“It is the recognition of human rights that we then embrace the rule of law, the right to equality, right to fair trial, right to information and so on and so forth.”
Beautifully said. And I must say, I am all for it.
I don’t feel the need to reiterate my own beliefs, because he has articulated it well enough.
He further adds this:
“What is it that the younger generation of this country so desperately wants? I believe they want justice and fairness. They want the institutions of governments to be credible, to reflect integrity, they want an independent judiciary where if all else fails them, the final bulwark of justice will step in to keep the powers-that-be on the straight and narrow.
“They want space to voice their dissatisfaction; they want room to exercise their right to assemble, to expression, to livelihood, education, the right to know and be informed. They want transparent and accountable use of power by the authorities and they want a government that is corrupt free.”
Couldn’t have said it better myself.
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