‘JUDICIARY MUST PROTECT HUMAN RIGHTS’
The arm of governance must act without fear or favour, says Anifah
THE judiciary has the inherent duty to promote and protect human rights, while ensuring it acts independently without fear or favour.
Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman said the judiciary, as an arm, independent from the executive and legislature, also served to check and balance the other two branches of government.
“In doing so, the judiciary ensures that human rights are not compromised or encroached,” Anifah said in his keynote address at the Asean Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) Judicial Colloquium on the Sharing of Good Practices on International Human Rights Laws here, yesterday.
His speech was read out by ministry secretary-general Datuk Ramlan Ibrahim.
Present at the opening of the three-day colloquium were Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria and Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.
The government, Anifah added, both valued and respected the country's judiciary.
“The courts are under a sacred duty to act independently in accordance with their overriding obligation to uphold justice without fear or favour.”
Anifah said Malaysian courts had, on many occasions, decided against the executive, with what some advocates might describe as “progressive” judgments.
He said it was important that judges, public prosecutors and lawyers were well-informed about international human rights instruments that had been ratified by the 10 Asean member states.
The Philippines’ AICHR representative Leo M. Herrera-Lim (third from left) chairing the judicial colloquium. Second from left is Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.