Call for Nominations SUARAM HUMAN RIGHTS AWARD 2010

Deadline: 25 November 2010

Initiated in 1999 on the 10th anniversary celebration of SUARAM, this annual award seeks to give recognition to local communities and collectives in their outstanding and inspiring endeavours to protect and promote human rights activism in Malaysia.

This year, 11 years after the inaugural award was presented in 1999, SUARAM once again calls for nominations for this award.

Previous winners

Previous winners have been diverse in their causes, but all of them have overcome tremendous hardships and tribulations in the fight for human rights. Winners in previous years were:-

1999: The people of Kampung Sungai Nipah
2000: The Reformasi Movement
2001: Save Our Schools Damansara and wives of ISA detainees (joint winners);
2002: Police Watch & Human Rights Committee
2003: The former plantation workers’ community of Ladang Braemar
2004 The Kuala Kuang villagers and the workers of Euromedical Industries (joint winners);
2005: The Temuan Orang Asli Community from Kampung Bukit Tampoi in Dengkil
2006: the Chin Refugee Committee and the Bukit Jelutong plantation community (joint winners).
2007: The Coalition against Healthcare Privatisation and the residents of Kampung Sungai Terentang, Rawang (joint winners)
2008: The Penan community of Ulu Baram, Sarawak and the Hindu Rights Action Force (HINDRAF) (joint winners)
2009: Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)

The guidelines are listed as below:-

  • Only communities or groupings of people are eligible for nominations. Nomination of an individual will not be accepted.
  • Nominations of family members of the SUARAM secretariat and staff will not be accepted.


  • Nominations will be received from any party, be it from individuals or organizations.
  • The nominating party is required to complete the Nomination Form in the languages of English, Malay, Chinese or Tamil.
  • Supporting Documentation is to be in the languages of English, Malay, Chinese and/or Tamil. These can be photographs, videos, newspaper clippings, newsletter etc.
  • The Nomination Form is to be sent with supporting documentation to SUARAM, via fax, email and/or postal mail.


  • Nominations will be closed on 25 November 2010


  • Community or group of people which has struggled persistently and fearlessly in defending their rights, justice and dignity against oppression.
  • Organization and leadership of the people which has empowered and activated their people in the process of struggle and to continue in their efforts to promote and protect human rights.
  • Preference will be given to those who have made an impact in the current year.


  • A panel of judges comprising individuals who have been involved in human rights work in the country will select the award winner.
  • The winner will be announced on Human Rights Day, 10 Dec 2010


  • The winner will receive a prize money of RM2,000.00 and a specially-commissioned glass trophy designed by renowned artist Wong Hoy Cheong.

For further enquiries, please contact Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar (03 7784 3525 / 7783 5724; fax +603 7784 3526; or suaram(at)


Nomination Form
I. Nominee
Name of community / group of people: _________________________
Address: _________________________________________________
Contact Person & Phone No: _________________________________
II. Please answer each of the following questions on a separate sheet of paper and include with this nomination form.1. Profile of nominee
Please describe the background and composition of the community or group of people that you are nominating. Also, please describe the activities, actions and/or programs for which recognition is being sought. Please attach supporting documentation.
(No less than 300 words, excluding supporting documentation. There is no limit for supporting documentation.)

2. Justification
Please describe how the activities, actions and/or programs relate to the purpose of the Human Rights Award.
Please state clearly how the activities, actions and/or programmes of the community or group of people that you are nominating fulfil each of the following criteria:

  • The persistence in their struggle to defend their rights, justice and dignity against oppression.
  • The fearlessness in their struggle to defend their rights, justice and dignity against oppression.
  • The extent of which their work has empowered their people to continue the efforts to promote and protect human rights.

(No less than 200 words)

D. Submitted by:
Name: ______________________________________________
Organization Name: _____________________________________
Address: _____________________________________________
Tel: _______________________ Fax: ______________________
Email: _______________________________________________
Date: ______________________ Signature: __________________

D. Send the completed nomination form together with any supporting documents to the following:

Via Snail MailSUARAM Human Rights Award 2010
c/o Suara Rakyat Malaysia
433A, Jalan 5/46, Gasing Indah, 46000 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan
Tel: 03-77843525
Fax: 03-77843526
Please ensure that the envelope is marked “SUARAM Human Rights Award 2010”

Via Email
Please send the nomination form and supporting documents (zipped, in either Word/PDF format) to suaram(at) with the subject line “SUARAM Human Rights Award 2010 Nominations”