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    National Action Policy of Business & Human Rights Trying to be a part of the support team in the formation National Action Policy of Business and Human Rights (NAPBHR) by BHEUU (Bahagian Hal Ehwal Undang-Undang) under JPM (Jabatan Perdana Menteri). Find out more WORKING FOR HUMAN RIGHTS RIGHT TO TRIAL Read More RIGHT TO JUSTICE Read More PEOPLE BEFORE PROFIT Read More DOCUMENTATION & MONITORING Read More FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION Read More SUARAM YOUTH Read More Human Rights Abuses Recorded To Date. PRESS STATEMENTS SUARAM ON NEWS Contact Us Submit Thanks for submitting!

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    BACKGROUND JOIN US What does SUARAM mean by Human Rights? ​ SUARAM (Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd) is guided by the Memorandum and Articles of Association pursuant to the Companies Act, 1965. We believe in the universality, interdependence and indivisibility of all rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural. ​ SUARAM specializes in civil and political rights such as educational programs and trainings on freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association; right to fair trial; freedom from torture, extra-judicial killings and cruel punishment; public accountability and genuine democracy-building. Together with other civil organisation and group partners who work on economic, social and cultural rights in Malaysia, we are able to collectively and comprehensively address all human rights. Is SUARAM partisan? ​ SUARAM is an independent and a human rights organisation which is not linked to any other agencies. We will always be on the side of victims of human rights violations, the poor and the oppressed, without fear or favour. Our mandate is enshrined in the Malaysian Human Rights Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Thus SUARAM’s main objective is the protection and realisation of human rights in Malaysia regardless of the government-of-the-day. How is SUARAM funded? ​ SUARAM is funded by donations and grants from public and private sources. However, the most important source comes from private donations, local fund-raising events, sales of books and campaign merchandise. Funds are accepted strictly on the basis of non-interference of donors. How does SUARAM operate? ​ As SUARAM (Suara Inisiatif Sdn Bhd) is registered under the Companies Act of Malaysia, our operations and activities complies with our registration under the law. ​ ​

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    Podcasts JOIN US Podcast Ep.1 Pilot – Amir Got Jailed Tune into SUARAM’s very first podcast! ​ Find out about Amir’s experience when he first stepped into human rights activism and what he saw when he was arrested during the protests of 2015. ​ Co-hosted by Dobby Podcast Ep.2 – To Peacefully Assemble or Not? Tune in to SUARAM’s podcast to find out more about human rights and current issues! ​ Two weeks ago we spoke to New Sin Yew, an advocate and solicitor from Amer Bon on the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Sedition Act 1948. Find out what he thinks about them! Podcast Ep.3 – Sexual Harassment Have you heard about the Sexual Harassment Bill? Want to know what is it about? Tune in to our chat with our guest speaker Mayna, the treasurer of the All Women Action Society (AWAM) on the PKR Senator’s comment on sexual harassment and the proposed sexual harassment legislation proposed by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG). Podcast Ep.4.1 Kuasa Polis – Introduction Join us for our mini-series on ‘Police Powers and Your Rights’ with Arutchelvan, the Deputy Chairperson of the Socialist Party of Malaysia. Tune in to hear his experience as a human rights activist, his experience engaging with the police during protests and his views on issues relating to police powers and the role of police in governance. Podcast Ep.4.2 Kuasa Polis – Adakah Saya Ditahan? Join us for our mini-series on ‘Police Powers and Your Rights’ with Arutchelvan, the Deputy Chairperson of the Socialist Party of Malaysia. ​ Tune in to learn more about your rights when you are stopped by a member of the Royal Malaysian Police. ​ Sesi perkongsian Bersama bersama Saudara Arutchelvan, Timbalan Pengerusi Parti Sosialis Malaysia. Tune in untuk belajar hak anda apabila berdepan dengan anggota polis. Podcast Ep.7 – People Before Profit Join us for our mini-series on ‘Police Powers and Your Rights’ with Arutchelvan, the Deputy Chairperson of the Socialist Party of Malaysia. Tune in to hear his experience as a human rights activist, his experience engaging with the police during protests and his views on issues relating to police powers and the role of police in governance. Podcast Ep.8 – The Fight for Kuala Langat Forest Reserve Satu podcast menarik bersama Pengerusi KAMY (Klima Action Malaysia), Ili Nadiah Dzulfakar. Podcast ini menyentuh serba sedikit latar belakang Nadiah dan bagaimana beliau boleh terlibat dalam pergerakkan alam sekitar. Juga dibincang ialah penglibatan KAMY dalam usaha menyelamatkan Hutan Simpan Kuala Langat Utara (HSKLU) dan; persoalan-persoalan kritikal seperti pembangunan lwn. alam sekitar. Youth Internet Governance Forum Tune in to our conversation with Louis Liaw (, Youth Ambassador to the Internet Governance Forum on his views on Internet governance and the role of youth in Internet governance. ​ Malaysia's first Youth Internet Governance Forum will be taking place from 15 to 16 November 2019 at Law Faculty, University Malaya. Want to know more about it or register as a participant? Check them out at .

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    DOCUMENTATION & MONITORING JOIN US Documentation and monitoring of human rights violation is core to SUARAM's human rights advocacy. Without clear and coherent data, SUARAM would not be in a position to identify the root cause of human rights violations and provide the appropriate recommendations to rectify the issue. ​ To achieve the most accurate data for our Annual Human Rights Reports, we compiled our data through the following ways: 1. SUARAM's coordinators collect every case of human rights violations tied to SUARAM's focus area, 2. Data from daily media monitoring and online data collection, and 3. Trawling through Parliament and other government data. ​ ​

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    OUR HISTORY JOIN US In 1987 ​ Malaysia witnessed one of its darkest moments in history when Operasi Lalang was unleashed. The crackdown resulted in 106 persons being detained without trial under the Internal Security Act (ISA). Not only did this cause grave distress to the detainees and their family members, Operasi Lalang also generated a sense of indignation among many Malaysians who uphold human rights. After their release, several of these ISA detainees and their family members, lawyers, and social activists came together in 1989 to found SUARAM with the vision to protect and promote human rights in a society that is just, equal, and democratic. ​ Through these 30 years of deteriorating human rights conditions ​ SUARAM has expanded its work beyond the Internal Security Act (ISA) to include reform of the police force, deaths in custody, refugees and migrant workers, indigenous peoples’ rights, free and fair elections, local democracy, corruption, environment, workers’ rights, death penalty and freedom of expression, assembly and association. ​ SUARAM has been instrumental in forming major coalitions such as Gagasan Rakyat, the opposition to the Bakun dam and has played key roles in various movements including the Reformasi movement in 1998. ​ The repeal of the ISA and the Emergency Ordinance (Public Order and Prevention of Crime) in 2011 was a major milestone for SUARAM and its partners after a long arduous battle against the oppressive law. SUARAM has also contributed to research and publications on important Malaysian public policies and peoples’ history through the years, notably on arms spending and energy policies; on May 13, Kampung Medan and the independence movement; People Before Profits, Policing the Malaysian Police, the ISA and Operation Lalang, GE13 Malaysian Civil Society Demands. ​ In 2014, SUARAM celebrated its 25th anniversary. While there have been successes over the years, we are still faced with many human rights challenges. Detention without trial now comes in the guise of new draconian laws such as the Prevention of Crimes Act, Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, and Peaceful Assembly Act. The Malaysian police still get away with impunity by refusing to accede to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Committee. Our basic freedoms of expression, assembly and association continue to be violated. Freedom of religion is still elusive as the “Allah” and “hudud” controversies rage. Corruption remains one of the major problems in the public arena. The rising cost of living requires reform of strategic public policies and we are still far away from achieving the objectives of good governance and electoral reform regardless of which coalition is in power. In 2018 ​ Malaysia underwent the first historic change of administration following the 14th General Elections. The Pakatan Harapan coalition led by Mahathir Mohamad won the election on a manifesto of reform. The euphoria from the change in administration swiftly evaporated when key institutional reforms were delayed by Mahathir’s administration. The administration was soon challenged by a growing rhetoric of race and religion by political opposition and the uncertainty of the leadership transition promised leading up to the election. It was in the midst of these uncertainty, SUARAM celebrated its 30th Anniversary. ​ SUARAM vows to continue to campaign for civil rights, rule of law, freedom of expression, association and assembly, mother tongue education, freedom of religion and the ratification of international human rights treaties, such as the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights; International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and International Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. ​ ​