Human Rights Day 2017: Malaysia Will Continue Championing Moderation

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KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia believes it is important to ensure human rights issues are addressed through a constructive dialogue-based approach which respects the principles of sovereignty and non-interference.

The Foreign Ministry in a statement in conjunction with Human Rights Day 2017 today said as a member of the United Nations (UN), Malaysia subscribed to the philosophy, concepts and norms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) 1948 which set out the minimum and common standards on human rights for the peoples in all countries.

“In line with this year’s commemoration of Human Rights Day and the theme, ‘Mainstreaming Human Rights, Moderation and Inclusiveness for Unity, Peace and Harmony’, Malaysia believes that moderation, mutual respect and understanding are important values that play a crucial role in creating a peaceful environment and fostering goodwill among the diverse ethnic groups of different faiths and cultures in the country,” the statement said.

The ‘1Malaysia’ approach, the statement said, had also been adopted to further strengthen unity among Malaysians, aimed at preserving and enhancing unity in diversity which was the country’s strength and best hope for the future.

Malaysia would continue to champion moderation approach to address the differences and disputes as well as to counter violent extremism and radicalisation within the country as well as at the international fora, apart from continuing to uphold UDHR principles, it added.