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National Speech Competition

On International Human Rights Day (10 December), SUARAM held the Safe in Custody National Speech Competition, where 8 participants presented their strong, well-researched speeches and wowed the crowd with their vigour for human rights!

Under the #SafeInCustody Project, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) hosted a national speech competition for university students during the International Day of Human Rights. This competition was held pursuant to objective 3 of the Project. It presents a unique opportunity for young minds to become catalysts of change, using the power of their words to reshape public perceptions and attitudes towards police torture. By harnessing their passion, knowledge, and eloquence, participants will address the urgent need for reform, challenge existing narratives, and propose tangible actions to ensure the protection of human rights.

One winner will be chosen from this national level speech competition to move on to the regional level speech competition, alongside the other national speech competition winners from Thailand and Philippines respectively. The regional competition will be managed together alongside our other partners, namely the Cross-Cultural Foundation (CrCF) from Thailand and by the Taskforce Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) from the Philippines, including the overall coordination by the Association for the Prevention of Torture (APT).

The competition also serves as a platform to showcase and amplify the impactful artwork produced in the previous years' creative art activities held in Thailand, Malaysia, and the Philippines. By integrating the arts into the event, we not only provide a powerful visual representation of the issue at hand but also offer a space for artists to convey their messages and invoke emotions that transcend language barriers.

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