● As of Nov 2018, 179 countries have ratified ICERD.
Malaysia is one of only 18 countries in the world that have not ratified ICERD.
(ICERD is the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination).
● Not ratifying ICERD, Malaysia joins the ranks of North Korea, Myanmar, Angola, Bhutan, Brunei and South Sudan.
● The remaining countries are all small islands namely Cook Islands, Dominica, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Niue, Samoa, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Nauru and Palau.
● In the Muslim world, all Muslims-majority countries have ratified ICERD, except two.
● The only two Muslim-majority countries that have not ratified ICERD are Malaysia and Brunei.
● Countries are allowed to ratify ICERD with RESERVATIONS, which works like a caveat. Some countries have made reservations so that the convention would not supersede their constitution.
● Some of these countries include the US, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, Nepal and Jamaica.
● This is not the first time Malaysia is dealing with something like ICERD.
● Malaysia had made reservations when it ratified the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) in 1999 to protect the constitution and the syariah law.
● There are nine core human rights UN conventions. Malaysia has, to date, ratified three: 
2. Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)
3. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).
● Apart from ICERD, going forward, Malaysia will be confronted by five other unratified conventions:
1. the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
2. International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR)
3. Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)
4. International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (ICMW)
5. International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (CPED).

Apart from ICERD, some political leaders have also suggested that the remaining five UN human rights conventions which Malaysia have not ratified are threats to the country.

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In reality, Malay Supremacy and excessive handicapping will only further WEAKEN Malays and has no place in New Malaysia.

RATING: #RobertReview (Human Rights, Racial Discrimination, United Nations):
10 | 10

Published: 3rd December 2018.


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