Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) congratulate, ‘Jaringan Kampung Orang Asli Kelantan (JKOAK)’ and ‘Gabungan Selamatkan Petani dan Penternak Perak’, the joint winners of the SUARAM Human Rights Award 2015! Their unique and much needed contribution to their local community and Malaysia as a whole, SUARAM offer the highest praises possible for the joint winners of the award.
JKOAK have extensively campaigned for the welfare of the indigenous people of Kelantan and have bought stories of land grabs and other violations of indigenous peoples’ rights in Kelantan to the forefront of public attention. Beyond their contribution in Kelantan, their courage and dedication in furthering human rights have undoubtedly empower many more to stand up against human rights violations in their own community and in Malaysia.
Gabungan Selamatkan Petani dan Penternak Perak have shown great tenacity in fighting for the land rights and for the right to livelihood of farmers and breeders in Perak. Despite the importance of their contribution to our way of life, the plight suffered by farmers are often neglected. The campaigns by Gabungan Selamatkan Petani dan Penternak Perak have uplifted the farmers that have suffered from human rights violations and empower them to take positive action to safeguard their human rights and their livelihood.
We hope that both the winners will continue their fight for human rights and continue to be the shining beacon of hope for all Malaysians!
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