Malaysia

Urgent Statement: Malaysia Must Stop the Planned Deportation of Detained Myanmar Nationals and Allow Detainees Immediate Access to UNHCR
19 February 2021 10:34 am

BANGKOK, 19 February 2021 The Asia Pacific Refugee Rights Network (APRRN) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly urge the Government of Malaysia to immediately halt the involuntary repatriation of Myanmar detainees, allow UNHCR access to all detainees scheduled for deportation, and to place the safety and security of vulnerable populations [ Read more ]

[Joint Statement] Malaysia: Emergency restrictions should not be used to further reinforce political power
14 January 2021 1:12 pm

(Bangkok, 14 January 2021) ‒ Malaysia’s recent declaration of a state of emergency risks compromising the rights of its people and its systems for accountability, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its Malaysia member organisations Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Pusat Komas (KOMAS), in a statement. A nation-wide emergency was [ Read more ]

From Our Member Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Malaysia – Suaram condems assassination of Iranian scientist as cowardly terrorism and calls for UN sanctions against State responsible
30 November 2020 4:18 pm

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, SUARAM Adviser, 30 Nov 2020 SUARAM condemns the brazen assassination of Iran’s top scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh and urges the UN to apply sanctions against the state responsible for carrying out this terrorist action. This act of international terrorism is a direct provocation for retaliatory action by Iran and a [ Read more ]

From Our Member Pusat KOMAS, Malaysia – Malaysia needs a holistic fight against racism, let’s denounce hypocrisy
14 July 2020 2:50 pm

Malaysia needs a holistic fight against racism, let’s denounce hypocrisy Jul 14, 2020 | Press Statements The uncalled racist cum sexist slur made by Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, the Baling MP in the parliament sitting yesterday (13th July 2020), by telling the Batu Kawan MP, Kasthuri Patto to apply powder because of her dusky skin [ Read more ]

Open letter to the Prime Minister of Malaysia: Violent Threats and ‘Hate Speech’ against Rohingya Community in Malaysia
14 May 2020 10:35 am

Prime Minister Tan Sri Dato’ Haji Muhyiddin bin Haji Mohd. Yassin Pejabat Perdana Menteri, Blok Utama Bangunan Perdana Putra Pusat Pentadbiran Kerajaan Persekutuan 62502 Putrajaya, Malaysia   Copy:   Datuk Seri Hamzah Zainudin, Minister of Home Affairs Dato’ Sri Hishamuddin Tun Hussein, Minister of Foreign Affairs Datuk Seri Saravanan Murugan, Minister of Human Resources Tan [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Release detained migrants and address growing discrimination against Rohingya refugees
6 May 2020 2:40 pm

Malaysia: Release detained migrants and address growing discrimination against Rohingya refugees (Bangkok, 6 May 2020) – The Government of Malaysia must release the migrants it has detained and address the growing discrimination against Rohingya refugees in order to effectively address the COVID-19 pandemic, said the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), and its [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Promote human rights amidst political upheaval
5 March 2020 10:18 am

(Bangkok, 4 March 2020) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), its member-organisations in Malaysia, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) and Pusat KOMAS, and the undersigned organisations call on the Government of Malaysia to uphold principles of multi-racialism and democratic reform, regardless of the leadership of the day. Malaysia should not return to [ Read more ]

‘We cannot detach ourselves from the ground’ – Interview with Sevan Doraisamy, Vice-Chairperson of FORUM-ASIA’s Executive Committee
7 January 2020 11:00 am

For this month’s e-newsletter, FORUM-ASIA talked with Sevan Doraisamy, Executive Director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), a member of FORUM-ASIA in Malaysia, and current Vice-Chairperson of FORUM-ASIA. In this interview, Sevan shares with us his experiences as a human rights defender working to advance civil and political rights, in particular of marginalised communities in Malaysia. How [ Read more ]

Malaysia: End the harassment of Seven Doraisamy and repeal Malaysia’s repressive laws
17 December 2019 6:16 pm

(Bangkok, 17 December 2019) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the continued harassment of the Executive Director of Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), Sevan Doraisamy. The harassment seems to have been triggered by the organisation’s activities calling for the repeal of Malaysia’s repressive security law. The Government of Malaysia should end [ Read more ]

From Our Member Pusat KOMAS, Malaysia – Learning other religion would decrease social discomfort
22 November 2019 5:25 pm

Pusat KOMAS is deeply worried with the character of Malaysian elections remorsefully becoming a sad market of decaying social values and toxic politics. Lack of understanding the virtuousness of different religion is the fundamental reason for the continuous exploitation of race and religion in the election domain, recently, at Tanjung Piai by-election which sees the [ Read more ]