U.S. Statement at the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia
45th Session of the UPR Working Group
January 25, 2024
Delivered by Kelly Billingsley
Thank you, Mr. Vice President.
The United States welcomes the delegation from Malaysia.
We commend Malaysia for enacting reforms to strengthen its national Human Rights Commission.
In the spirit of constructive engagement, we recommend that Malaysia:
- Repeal or amend laws that undermine human rights, including the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, such as the 1948 Sedition Act, the Communications and Multimedia Act, the Printing Presses and Publication Act, and penal code provisions on offending religious sensitivities.
- Repeal or amend laws and policies that discriminate against persons based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.
- Ratify the UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and its 1967 Protocol and allow the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees to fully carry out its mandate.
- Grant citizenship to children born overseas to Malaysian mothers and non-Malaysian fathers to ensure comparable treatment to those born of Malaysian fathers and non-Malaysian mothers.
I thank you.