Civil society group files human rights violations complaint at UN

Some members of the civil society group have formally filed a complaint before the United Nations against Malaysia for alleged violations of human rights of Filipinos in Sabah.

The urgent appeal was filed before the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanethem Pillay and UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres in Geneva, Switzerland.

Signatories in the urgent appeal are international human rights advocate Atty. Harry Roque, Sister Mary John Mananzan of the Association of Major Religious Superiors of the Philippines, whistleblower Rodolfo "Jun" Lozada, political adviser of the Sultanate of Sulu Pastor "Boy" Saycon and the Concerned Citizens Movement.

In the urgent appeal, they accused the government of Malaysia of violations of six articles of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, including the rights to life, liberty and fair trial; rights against discrimination; rights against arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Likewise, they urged the UN to intervene to stop the commission of abuses against Filipinos living in Sabah.

They also asked the UN to investigate the rampant human rights violations and remind Malaysia about their possible liabilities to Filipinos who are victims of abuses.