IGP: Pastor Raymond Koh may have been abducted by human traffickers. Missing since 13 Feb 2017.
13 August 2017
Suhakam’s probe into missing pastor and others gathers steam
SOME 30 people, including police, family members and friends, have been interviewed by the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) in its probe into the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and three other activists.
Suhakam will also hold a public inquiry in October to establish if the authorities had taken adequate measures in the search for the missing four.
Suhakam commissioner Jerald Joseph said the investigations were ongoing and more interviews were scheduled.
“We started the investigations one month after we had received a memorandum from CAGED – a coalition of civil society groups formed in May.
“The commission is also investigating whether or not is it ‘enforced disappearance’, which involves state agencies or involuntary disappearance, which could be by criminals or religious groups not linked to the state,” he told The Malaysian Insight.
Jerald said the commission was also looking into the police’s actions following the disappearances of Koh, Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmi and his wife, Ruth Hilmi.
9 August 2017
Suhakam to probe disappearance of Pastor Koh and others
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) will conduct a public inquiry in October into the disappearances of Pastor Raymond Koh, social activist Amri Che Mat, Pastor Joshua Hilmy and his wife Ruth Hilmi.
“In accordance with Suhakam’s mandate, the inquiry will consider, among others, whether these cases are cases of enforced or involuntary disappearances, as defined under the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (ICPPED),” the commission said in a statement today.
ICPPED defines enforced disappearance as the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the state or by persons, or groups of persons, acting with the authorisation, support or acquiescence of the state.
The instrument was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006. Malaysia is not a party to the ICPPED.
Suhakam said the inquiry would also consider whether the authorities, specifically the police, have taken adequate steps to investigate the disappearances.
“Suhakam will continue to gather information from all stakeholders, including the police and others who have been cooperative towards finding some truth on the matter,” the commission said.
Suhakam believes the disappearances to be a public interest issue and thus warranted investigations.