Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM)is a non-governmental organization established in 1989 to monitor and advocate for the respect of human rights in Malaysia. Through its consistent and uncompromising work, it has established itself as one of the key human rights organisations, one to which Malaysians turn to for information and support.
The organization defends all aspects of human rights especially the right to trial, freedom from abuse of police powers and law enforcement agencies; freedom of expression and information; freedom of assembly and association; freedom of religion; the right of minorities, refugees, asylum seekers, migrants and trafficked persons and democracy.
At present, the organization campaigns on the following issues:
1. Right to trial – campaign against arbitrary detention and detention without trial, including support to victims and family members;
2. Right to Justice – Campaigning for accountability of the police and other enforcement agencies, especially the setting up of the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and custodial death cases;
3. Documentation & Monitoring – Monitoring, documenting and researching into the violations of human rights in Malaysia, including the annual publication of the human rights report;
4. Local governance – campaigning for local democracy and good governance, especially for local council elections, freedom of information, and anti-corruption;
5. Refugee protection – provides assistance and protection to individual refugees and asylum seekers and campaign for recognition of refugees as well as policy changes in the treatment of refugees and asylum seekers by the government.
On top of these activities, SUARAM is also actively engaged in:
1. Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
2. ANNI Report on the Performance and Establishment of National Human Rights Institutions in Asia
3. Freedom of Expression advocacy – SUARAM serve as the secretariat for the Gerakan Mansuh Akta Hasutan (GHAH)