UN expert to focus on the right to health in Malaysia

Nov 19, 2014

United Nations Special Rapporteur Dainius Pūras will visit Malaysia from 19 November to 2 December 2014 to make an independent assessment of the realization of the right to health in the country.

“I look forward to the visit and to learn how Malaysia endeavours to implement the right to health, the measures taken for its successful realization, and the challenges faced”, Mr. Pūras said, announcing the first mission to the country by an independent expert charged by the UN Human Rights Council to monitor the implementation of the right of everyone to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

During his mission, the Special Rapporteur will consider issues related to the enjoyment of the right to health, including availability, accessibility, acceptability and quality of health services, goods and facilities.

Mr. Pūras will also assess the basic factors of health, such as access to safe and portable water and adequate sanitation, healthy occupational and environmental conditions, and access to health-related education and information, including on sexual and reproductive health and rights. 

“I will be particularly interested in some specific issues, such as access to primary healthcare, including mental health, and other health services”, the human rights expert said, “and I will look into groups in situations of vulnerability, such as indigenous communities, migrants and refugees, persons with disabilities, women, and children.”

The UN Special Rapporteur will share his preliminary conclusions on the visit at a press conference on 2 December at 11:30, at the Renaissance Hotel Kuala Lumpur, Corner of Jalan Sultan Ismail and Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur 50450.

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