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Suhakam Press Statement No. 1 of 2020
(“Announcement of the Public Inquiry into the Disappearance of
Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Hilmy”)

KUALA LUMPUR (26 JANUARY 2020) – In accordance with its statutory mandate and powers, the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) will conduct a public inquiry into the cases of missing persons / the disappearance of Pastor Joshua Hilmy and Ruth Hilmy to assist the authorities with their ongoing investigation.

The Panel of Inquiry will be chaired by Commissioner Dato Seri Hishamuddin Yunus and assisted by Commissioners Mr. Jerald Joseph and Dr. Madeline Berma. The hearings will commence from February 18 at the Inquiry Room, Level 13, SUHAKAM.

In relation to this, SUHAKAM calls for individuals with relevant and important information to come forward to have their statements recorded by SUHAKAM from now to 14 February 2020. Through this inquiry, SUHAKAM intends to fully investigate to its best ability what has transpired in order to identify and make the best possible recommendations to the appropriate parties.

Notwithstanding SUHAKAM’s investigation, the Commission calls on the authorities to fully and expeditiously investigate all cases where there is a reasonable suspicion that an enforced disappearance may have occurred. SUHAKAM underlines that ready availability of information on issues of public concern is of vital importance in a democratic society with an avowed commitment to transparency.


Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM)
26 January 2020