From our Member, SUARAM, Malaysia – Prosecution of Young Refugee Violates Malaysia’s International Human Rights Obligations!
23 February 2017 5:26 pm

23 February 2017 Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) strongly condemn the detention of the 15 years old Rohingya refugee for not possessing appropriate travel documents. Refugees remain one of the most marginalized community in Malaysia due to the continued refusal to acknowledge their existence by the Malaysian government and government institutions. The legal vacuum in terms [ Read more ]

From Our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – Conviction of Lena Hendry Another Blow to Freedom of Expression!
21 February 2017 7:00 pm

21 February 2017 Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) finds the decision to convict Lena Hendry by the magistrate court under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Board regrettable and flawed in nature. The absence of adequate evidence led to Lena’s initial accquital was sound as there was a lack of evidence on part of the prosecution [ Read more ]

‘We cannot only be the leaders of tomorrow, we need to be the voice, the leaders of today’ – interview with Chew Chuan Yang, Documentation & Monitoring Coordinator of SUARAM, Malaysia
8 December 2016 10:52 am

After interviewing its new Executive Committee Members and Executive Director, FORUM-ASIA met with Chew Chuan Yang (Dobby), Documentation & Monitoring Coordinator of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a FORUM-ASIA founding member organisation from Malaysia. The story of SUARAM has been featured in FORUM-ASIA 25th Anniversary Publication ‘Our Struggles for Human Rights – 25 years of FORUM-ASIA’, [ Read more ]

Joint Statement – Malaysia: Drop Charges and Release Bersih Organizers and Supporters
21 November 2016 4:42 pm

(Kuala Lumpur, 21 November 2016) –  The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD), Fortify Rights, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), and Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA), acting as international observers of the Bersih 5 rallies and related events, are calling [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Stop Legal Harassments of Bersih 5 Organisers and Respect Fundamental Freedoms
19 November 2016 3:08 pm

(Bangkok, 19 November 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the ongoing legal harassment against Bersih 5 organisers. We urge the Malaysian Government to respect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly enshrined in the Constitution, drop politically-motivated charges and immediately release all Bersih 5 organisers who were arrested [ Read more ]

HRC33 Oral Statement on National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
26 September 2016 11:14 am

33rd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council Item 8: Follow up to and implementation of Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action – General Debate Oral Statement Delivered by Ahmed Adam On behalf of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) Monday, 26 September 2016   Mr. President, we note the two [ Read more ]

ANNI – Malaysia: SUHAKAM Standard Must Align to Human Rights and Fundamental Liberties
2 August 2016 3:13 pm

(Bangkok/Kuala Lumpur, 2 August 2016) – Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) are greatly concerned by the recent statements and comments of Tan Sri Razali, the newly appointed Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM). In a recent interview published in The Star Online [ Read more ]

From Our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – Annual Human Rights Report 2015
4 July 2016 11:57 am

  SUARAM launched its Annual Human Rights Report 2015 on the 15th of June 2016. The report highlights key human rights violations documented in 2015 and provides analysis and recommendations on the on-going human rights crisis in Malaysia. Copies of the report can be purchased through SUARAM (contact – [email protected]). Photos of event available at [ Read more ]

ANNI: Appointment of SUHAKAM Commissioners and the Way Forward
24 June 2016 12:36 pm

(Bangkok, 24 June 2016) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) together with its member, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), welcomes the appointment of the new Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM). We congratulate all the Commissioners on their appointment and look forward to the positive development they will [ Read more ]

HRC32 Side Event – Malaysia Implementation of UPR Recommendations: Progressing or Regressing?
17 June 2016 4:39 pm

Friday 17 June 2016 13:30-15:30  Room  XIX (19), Palais des Nations Panelists: Ms. Nalini Elumalai, Spoke Person, Researcher and Former Executive Director of SUARAM Ms. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Independent Expert and Former Executive Director of SEAPA Moderated by: Ms. Delphine Reculeau, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Malaysia is encouraged to submit a mid-term UPR report to [ Read more ]