PROHAM announces that its members and volunteers will play an independent monitoring role at Bersih 4. A monitoring team of 12 to 15 people will be on duty on Saturday and Sunday.
They will monitor the event using the human rights benchmark noting any abuses, excessive use of force and at the same time observe as best practices in policing and crowd management of peaceful assemblies.
PROHAM will release a monitoring report of our observations and findings with the objective of strengthening democratic freedoms based on the Federal Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).
The nation and world at large will be watching this event which also coincides with national celebrations of Merdeka and Malaysia Day. Exercising the right of public assembly after 58 of independence from colonial rule is a test of our democratic freedoms in post-colonial Malaysia. Authorities and officials must recognise the rights of citizens which our founding fathers secured on Merdeka day.
PROHAM calls on officials from the Ministry of Home Affairs and the Royal Police to adhere to human rights principles and facilitate the peaceful assembly on Saturday and Sunday.
Issued on behalf of Proham by Datuk Dr Denison Jayasooria (Proham Secretary General)
August 27, 2015