Malaysia: National Inquiry Into The Land Rights Of Indigenous Peoples to be conducted
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia SUHAKAM hereby announces that it will be conducting a National Inquiry into the Land Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Malaysia.
The Commission has decided to conduct the National Inquiry following numerous complaints and memoranda it has received over the years on alleged infringements of the rights of the Indigenous Peoples to their customary land. These infringements, which are in various forms, are longstanding, persistent and systemic in nature affecting the rights of these communities. The National Inquiry will examine the root causes of the problems relating to native customary right (NCR) to land in a comprehensive manner from a human rights perspective and will recommend appropriate solutions to the problems. The National Inquiry Panel will comprise SUHAKAM Commission members (see Annex A for details) which will be assisted by a line of independent consultants (see Annex B for details) who have been selected by the Commission based on their wide knowledge, experience and expertise in the field of indigenous rights.