Launch of “Stand up for SUARAM” campaign

Press Statement

18 September 2012

Launch of “Stand up for SUARAM” campaign


We, the undersigned NGOs, wish to invite all Malaysians who support the promotion and protection of basic human rights to join the “Stand up for SUARAM” campaign which will be launched this Tuesday (18 September).

The campaign is aimed at mobilising support for SUARAM in the face of the unjust persecution launched against them by the government who persists in investigating the human rights organization in unprofessional and irregular ways beginning early July.

Organisations both within Malaysia and around the world have recognized SUARAM as a key NGO that constantly pushes for greater awareness of human rights in our country. Yet our government appears intent to harass them, seemingly due to the ongoing Scorpene submarine investigations which are taking place in France. However, as we stated last week, the authorities should focus on ensuring that justice and integrity prevail in the Scorpene investigations, instead of trying to shoot the messenger.

SUARAM has given its full cooperation to the investigations and has thus far only been rewarded with an even greater amount of unwarranted prosecution from government agencies who surely have many more important public interest issues to focus on.

Thus, we ask that the public stands up in solidarity with SUARAM, to counter the many half-truths being reported in the government-controlled media. We also hope to see a strong show of support at the launch, which will be held at the agency which begin the witch-hunt against SUARAM, the Companies Commission of Malaysia (CCM).

Other ways to support SUARAM are:

1) Add this PicBadge [],

2) ‘Like’ the FB page [],

3) Tweet your support using the hashtag #StandUp4SUARAM and please follow @StandUp4SUARAM

4) Email your stories of how SUARAM has helped you/someone you know [[email protected]]

For more information, please contact E. Nalini : 019 375 8912

Thank you

Signed and supported by:


  1. 528 Media Action Group
  2. Academy of Tamil Studies
  4. Aliran
  5. All Women’s Action Society (AWAM)
  6. Angkatan Nasional India Malaysia (AGNI)
  7. Angkatan Warga Aman Malaysia(WargaAMAN)
  8. Association of Women Lawyers (AWL)
  9. Bersihkan Malaysia Perth
  10. Borneo Resources Institute, Malaysia
  11. Bruno Manser Foundation (BMF)
  12. Center for Orang Asli Concerns (COAC)
  13. Centre for Independent Journalism (CIJ)
  14. Centre for Policy Initiative (CPI)
  15. Child Development Initiative
  16. Civil Right Committee KLSCAH
  17. Coalition of Kelantan NGOs
  18. Community Action Network (CAN)
  19. Community Development Centre (CDC)
  20. Council of Temples Malaysia
  21. Friends in Conversation (FIC)
  22. Friends of Kota Damansara
  24. Gabungan Bertindak Malaysia (GBM)
  25. Gabungan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI)
  26. Global Bersih
  27. Group of Concerned Citizens
  28. Himpunan Hijau
  29. Indian Malaysian Active Generation (IMAGE)
  30. Indigenous People Development Centre (IPDC)
  31. IPIMAS
  32. Islamic Renaissance Front (IRF)
  33. Japan Graduates’ Association of Malaysia
  34. Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Semenanjung Malaysia (JKOASM)
  35. Jaringan Orang Asal Baram
  36. Jaringan Orang Asal Se-Malaysia (JOAS)
  37. Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (JERIT)
  38. Jawatankuasa Bertindak Hak Kg. Spaoh-Benat
  39. Jawatankuasa Bertindak Melindungi Hak Kawasan Penduduk Tutoh-Apoh
  40. Jawatankuasa Bertindak Rumah Ampau
  41. Jawatankuasa Tindakan Rakyat Baram (JTRB)
  42. Jingga 13
  43. JKKK Pusat  Krokong.
  44. JKKK Pusat Jagoi
  45. Kampung Bukit Limau-Sungai Nat
  46. Kampung Bukit Peninjau
  48. Kill the Bill
  49. Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section
  50. Lawyers for Liberty (LFL)
  51. LLG (Lim Lian Geok) Cultural Developement Centre Berhad Melaka
  52. LLG Cultural Development Centre
  53. Malaysia Youth & Student Democratic Movement (DEMA)
  54. Malaysian Association of Indian University Graduates
  55. Malaysian Indian Development Association
  56. Malaysian Indian Historical Association
  57. Malaysian Indian Youth Development Foundation
  58. Malaysian Indians Progressive Association (MIPAS)
  59. Malaysian Indians Transformation Action Team (MITRA)
  60. Malaysian Youth Care Association (PRIHATIN)
  61. Malaysians for Beng Hock
  62. MEBUSA
  63. Muslim Professionals Forum (MPF)
  64. MyOverseasVote (MOV)
  65. National Human Rights Society (HAKAM)
  66. Negeri Sembilan Chinese Assembly Hall (NSCAH)
  67. Northern Green Youth
  68. OHMSI (Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute)
  69. Pahang Raub Ban Cyanide in Gold Mining Action Committee (BCAC)
  70. PANGAU
  71. PDBT
  72. Pekan Kenowit
  73. People’s Green Coalition
  74. People’s Welfare and Rights Coalition (POWER)
  75. Perak Women for Women (PWW)
  76. Persahabatan Semparuthi
  77. Persatuan Alumni PBTUSM KL & Selangor
  78. Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (Empower)
  79. Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & KL
  80. Persatuan Masyarakat Selangor & Wilayah Persekutuan (PERMAS)
  81. Persatuan Penduduk Balingan Satu (PPBS)
  82. Persatuan Sahabat Wanita
  83. Persatuan Seni Rumah Air Panas KL
  84. Persekutuan Alumni Han Chiang Pulau Pinang
  85. Pertubuhan IKRAM Malaysia (IKRAM)
  86. Pertubuhan Rakyat  JGPT TONGOD
  87. Pertubuhan Rakyat AARP ULU SENAGANG-MONGOOL
  88. Pertubuhan Rakyat ALAB LANAS
  89. Pertubuhan Rakyat BALAT-KUAMUT
  90. Pertubuhan Rakyat G14  TELUPID
  91. Pertubuhan Rakyat G5 MANGKAWAGO
  92. Pertubuhan Rakyat G5 SIMBUAN
  93. Pertubuhan Rakyat G5 ULU TOMANI
  94. Pertubuhan Rakyat G8 KOMOKITUKOD
  95. Pertubuhan Rakyat GOMPITO
  96. Pertubuhan Rakyat KAWAKAHAN
  97. Pertubuhan Rakyat MAMAKAT
  98. Pertubuhan Rakyat MONGOPUD
  99. Pertubuhan Rakyat MONUNGKUS
  100. Pertubuhan Rakyat MUKAKAS
  101. Pertubuhan Rakyat NAMBAYAN
  102. Pertubuhan Rakyat NOKIIKITO
  103. Pertubuhan Rakyat PIROTON DAGALING
  104. Pertubuhan Rakyat PUSAKAG
  105. Pertubuhan Rakyat SINUNGKALANGAN
  106. Pertubuhan Rakyat TINIPOT
  107. Pertubuhan Rakyat TINUNGKUSAN
  108. Pertubuhan Rakyat TONIBUNG
  109. PPU
  110. Pusat KOMAS
  111. Research for Social Advancement (REFSA)
  112. Rumah Rajang dan Tatu (RATA)
  113. Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group
  114. SABM Australia (SABMoz)
  115. Sarawak  Dayak Iban Association (SADIA)
  116. Sarawak Indigenous Youths Network  (SYIN)
  117. Sarawak Keruan Organisation
  118. Save Our Sungai Selangor (SOS Selangor)
  119. Save Vui Kong Campaign
  120. Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM)
  121. Serdang Bharu School Alumni Youth Section
  122. Serdang Bharu School Alumni Youth Section
  123. Sibu Bersih
  124. SILOP
  125. Sinui Pal Nanuk Sngik, Perak (SPNS)
  126. Sisters in Islam (SIS)
  127. Solidariti Anak Muda Malaysia (SAMM)
  128. Solidariti Mahasiswa Malaysia (SMM)
  129. TAHABAS
  130. Tenaganita
  131. The Association for the Promotion of Human Rights (PROHAM)
  132. The Micah Mandate
  133. Tring-Kameh
  134. United Chinese School Alumni Association of Malaysia (UCSAAM)
  135. WADESA (Persatuan Wanita Desa Sarawak)
  136. Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO)
  137. World Tamil Federation – Malaysian Chapter
  138. Writers’ Alliance for Media Independence (WAMI)

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