Malaysia-Press Release | RCI Must Bring Justice for Wang Kelian Death Camp Victims and Their Families

Press Release | RCI Must Bring Justice for Wang Kelian Death Camp Victims and Their Families




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Press Release
RCI Must Bring Justice for Wang Kelian Death Camp Victims and Their Families
The Malaysian Bar welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Home Affairs, Tan Sri Dato' Hj Muhyiddin Hj Mohd Yassin, that the Government will set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry ("RCI") to investigate the case of the human trafficking "death camps" that were uncovered in Wang Kelian, Perlis almost four years ago.

The more than 150 graves at the "death camps" spread across various remote sites — as reported by the New Straits Times on 26 May 2015 — are widely believed to have contained human remains of victims of trafficking or smuggled migrants who died whilst in the custody of traffickers or smugglers.  Such a discovery within our borders is shocking, and unprecedented.

The Malaysian Bar urges the RCI to conduct an impartial and comprehensive inquiry into all the facts and circumstances surrounding the mass graves and "death camps", and the human trafficking they point to, as well as the allegations of, among others, a cover-up, complicity, collusion, and corruption of law enforcement agencies.  A report of the RCI's investigations, findings and conclusions must be produced and published in the interest of openness, transparency and accountability in this undoubtedly weighty public interest matter.

We also urge the Government to immediately set up the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission ("IPCMC"), as announced by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on 21 September 2018.  The establishment of the IPCMC as an independent, external oversight body tasked solely to receive and investigate complaints against the police must be made a legislative priority.  It is the IPCMC that would take action on the RCI's findings.  There must be no cover-up for, or protection of, any wrongdoers.

The Government must — at all costs — bring those responsible for these heinous atrocities to task, and ensure that such tragedies never recur.
George Varughese
President
Malaysian Bar
29 January 2019








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