KUALA LUMPUR: A court or tribunal to hear human rights violation cases is a proposal that could be studied, says M. Kulasegaran (pic).

“Establishing a court specifically for human rights violation cases headed by a judge or chairman with vast experience in the subject would allow such cases to be disposed of in a just and quick manner,” the deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (law and institutional reforms) said in his winding-up speech on the Suhakam annual report in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday(July 2).

“Establishing this court would enhance the stature of human rights in this country.”

“I believe it can be studied and implemented as an administrative tribunal through the creature of statute,” he added.

He said such a move is not unusual. Other statutory tribunals exist, such as the industrial court, special income tax commissioner, and disciplinary committees.

“I personally believe that there are no obstacles in terms of laws for this proposal. If the human rights court becomes a statutory or administrative tribunal and makes a decision, the decision will then be subjected to judicial review by the High Court,” he said.

He was responding to Teresa Kok’s (PH-Seputeh) proposal to establish a human rights court like the one in Indonesia.