Suhakam confirms ban on commissioner has been lifted … sec=nation
Suhakam confirms ban on commissioner has been lifted

KUALA LUMPUR: The ban on Suhakam commissioner Jannie Lasimbang (pic) from entering Sarawak has been lifted.

Suhakam vice-chairman Prof Datuk Dr Khaw Lake Tee confirmed that Suhakam had received a letter from the Sarawak state secretary allowing her to enter the state as a Suhakam commissioner.

We received the letter on Monday indicating that the ban has been lifted but with two conditions, she told reporters after attending the seventh annual South-East Asia National Human Rights Institution Forum (SEANF) here yesterday.

Dr Khaw declined to disclose the conditions imposed but said she and Jannie would meet the state secretary to seek clarification.

We want to ensure that Jannies task of collecting information to support Suhakams first ever national inquiry into the rights of the indigenous peoples will not be jeopardised by the restrictions imposed on her.

Suhakam is willing to discuss the extent of the restrictions and to have a clearer picture of Jannies duties as a commissioner in Sarawak, she added.

The ban was imposed on Jannie following her entry into the state on a Penan fact-finding mission from 1994 to 1995. The Sabahan was appointed a commissioner on June 7.

On another matter, Dr Khaw said SEANF regarded the release of democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi as a partial victory for the long struggle for democracy in Myanmar.

She said Suu Kyis release should also lead to the freedom of other political prisoners.

The two-day forum, which ended yesterday, was attended by 25 commissioners from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Timor Leste.