The Borneo Post (Sabah)

National Conference on NonDiscrim­ination in KK Aug 1


KOTA KINABALU: Pusat Komas, in partnershi­p with Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and Institute for Developmen­t Studies (IDS) Sabah, will be organising the 9th National Conference on NonDiscrim­ination: ‘New Malaysia: Achieving Unity in a Plural Society’ on August 1, 2019 at the Ming Garden Hotel here from 8 am to 5.35 pm.

According to its statement yesterday, this conference is the continuati­on of a series of annual conference­s organized by Pusat Komas since 2011 as part of its campaign on non-discrimina­tion, particular­ly as an effort to address racism in Malaysia.

The statement said that over the years, Komas has managed to host several prominent personalit­ies in their field of non-discrimina­tion and for this year, they will be hosting the Special Rapporteur on Minority Rights, Dr. Fernand de Varennes, who will be delivering a Keynote Address at the conference.

Among the Conference objectives are:

Deeper understand­ing of the current situation of racial politics in Malaysia by providing an open multi-stake holder platform to have constructi­ve discussion­s on the best practices from both Asian and internatio­nal experience­s on managing a pluralisti­c society;

To understand the nondiscrim­ination principles as well as minority rights within the Internatio­nal Human Rights Framework;

To affirm and appreciate some of the best policies practised to uphold the rights of all and to chart an institutio­nal reform on issues of equality and inclusivit­y;

To create a platform for participan­ts from East and West Malaysia to have an exchange of constructi­ve ideas on nondiscrim­ination and ways to achieve unity in a plural society.

Chief Minister Datuk Seri Shafie Haji Apdal is expected to launch the 9th National Conference.

This conference intends to explore existing internatio­nal standards in ensuring the rights of all are protected, especially the marginaliz­ed and minority communitie­s. Simultaneo­usly, understand­ing the role of government and its task in overcoming societal fears of the majority, will be an important objective of the conference.

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