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Statement on and Advance Questions to Malaysia

Last updated: 22.10.2013 // UPR of Malaysia October 24th 2013. Statement and advance questions submitted by Norway


Norway welcomes the delegation of Malaysia.

We recognize Malaysia’s successes in approaching universal primary and secondary education. We encourage Malaysia to continue its efforts to ensure the rights and needs of children from marginalized and disadvantaged communities in the education system. Further, Norway recognizes Malaysia’s commitment to increase the number of women in the labor force, and in decision making positions. We note efforts described in the national report to remove reservations from ratified conventions, and encourage Malaysia to ratify more core human rights conventions, and to set a concrete timetable in this regard. Norway would like to make the following five recommendations:

1) Ensure the rights of indigenous peoples and local forest dependent peoples in law and practice, in particular regarding their rights to traditional lands, territories and resources, and

2) Ratify ILO Convention No. 169.

3) Withdraw all reservations to CEDAW and abandon discriminatory laws against all women regardless of their ethnic or religious background.

4) Take concrete measures to prevent children from becoming stateless and guarantee universal access to free primary education, irrespective of citizenship and immigration status. 

5) Immediately establish an official moratorium on executions with a view to abolishing the death penalty.

Thank you

Advance questions

  • Land expropriation and the rights of indigenous peoples are often areas of conflicting interests. What specific measures have Malaysia imposed to reassure the basic legal rights of indigenous peoples in such cases?
  • What specific measures are taken by Malaysia in strengthening women’s participation in the labor market, including achieving the goal of 30% women in ruling positions?
  • What steps will Malaysia take to abolish the practice of mandatory death sentencing with a view of abolishing the death penalty? Is Malaysia considering, as an immediate measure, to commute all death sentences to terms of imprisonment?
  • Is Malaysia planning any measures to assure foreign women married to Malaysians the right to work without the need of permission from their husband?
  • What measures are being undertaken by Malaysia to ensure that all new born children are registered immediately after birth regardless of parent’s legal status and/or origin? What specific measures are you planning in order to ensure the full implementation of Article 14(1)(b) Part II(1)(e) Second Schedule of the Federal Constitution to prevent children from becoming stateless and remove onerous administrative and legal requirements that can result in statelessness? In this regard, does Malaysia have plans to withdraw reservations to Articles 2 and 7 of the CRC?
  • What more can be done to secure universal access to free primary education, irrespective of citizenship and immigration status? Is Malaysia preparing to withdraw reservations to Article 28(1)(a) of the CRC?

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