From Our Member SUARAM, Malaysia – Annual Human Rights Report 2015
4 July 2016 11:57 am

  SUARAM launched its Annual Human Rights Report 2015 on the 15th of June 2016. The report highlights key human rights violations documented in 2015 and provides analysis and recommendations on the on-going human rights crisis in Malaysia. Copies of the report can be purchased through SUARAM (contact – Photos of event available at [ Read more ]

ANNI: Appointment of SUHAKAM Commissioners and the Way Forward
24 June 2016 12:36 pm

(Bangkok, 24 June 2016) – The Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) together with its member, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM), welcomes the appointment of the new Commissioners of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM). We congratulate all the Commissioners on their appointment and look forward to the positive development they will [ Read more ]

HRC32 Side Event – Malaysia Implementation of UPR Recommendations: Progressing or Regressing?
17 June 2016 4:39 pm

Friday 17 June 2016 13:30-15:30  Room  XIX (19), Palais des Nations Panelists: Ms. Nalini Elumalai, Spoke Person, Researcher and Former Executive Director of SUARAM Ms. Gayathry Venkiteswaran, Independent Expert and Former Executive Director of SEAPA Moderated by: Ms. Delphine Reculeau, World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) Malaysia is encouraged to submit a mid-term UPR report to [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Asian human rights NGOs condemn arbitrary travel ban on 2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights awardee, Maria Chin Abdullah
18 May 2016 6:26 pm

2016 Gwangju Prize for Human Rights awardee, Maria Chin Abdullah was not allowed to travel to South Korea. The Malaysian authorities should stop arbitrary travel ban on the Coalition for Free and Fair Elections (Bersih) democracy activists who have been calling on free and fair elections and democracy in Malaysia. On 15 May 2016, Malaysian [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Activist Arbitrarily Stopped from Leaving Country to Receive Human Rights Award
16 May 2016 5:01 pm

(Bangkok, 16 May 2016) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) believes that the unlawful and arbitrary decision of Malaysian authorities to stop democracy activist from travelling to South Korea on 15 May to receive a human rights award is a brazen violation of her basic freedoms including freedom of movement. She [ Read more ]

FORUM-ASIA welcomes acquittal of Lena Hendry
10 March 2016 7:04 pm

(Bangkok, 10 March 2016) – Lena Hendry, Programme Coordinator of Pusat Komunikasi Masyarakat (Pusat KOMAS), a member of the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), was acquitted today of charges brought against her for the unapproved screening of the documentary, ‘No Fire Zone: The Killing Fields of Sri Lanka’. While FORUM-ASIA welcomes the [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Anwar Ibrahim’s one year detention represents a serious set-back for democracy
10 February 2016 3:25 pm

(Bangkok, 10 February 2016) – Today marks one year since Anwar Ibrahim was sentenced to five years in prison, on 10 February 2015, on sodomy charges under Section 377B of Malaysian Penal Code. The Federal Court upheld the verdict of the Court of Appeals and reaffirmed his conviction. The Asian Forum for Human Rights and [ Read more ]

Malaysia: ANNI Open Letter to Prime Minister on SUHAKAM’s Budget Cut
14 December 2015 4:33 pm

14 December 2015 H.E. Dato’ Sri Haji Mohammad Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak Office of The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Dear Mr. Prime Minister, I write to you on behalf of the Asian NGO Network on National Human Rights Institutions (ANNI) to express our concerns over a significant budget cut of 50 per cent [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Illegal and Arbitrary Travel Ban Violates Basic Rights of Human Rights Defender Hishamuddin Rais
5 December 2015 2:00 pm

(Bangkok, 5 December 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) condemns the Government of Malaysia’s illegal and arbitrary refusal to allow Hishamuddin Rais, a well-known social activist and member of Bersih 2.0 Steering Committee, to travel outside his country. This brazen violation clearly aims to create an atmosphere of fear among [ Read more ]

Malaysia: Federal Court’s Decision on Sedition Act Further Hinders Rights in the Country
7 October 2015 4:50 pm

(Bangkok, 7 October 2015) – The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) and its member Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM) express their disappointment over the ruling by the Federal Court of Malaysia to declare the Sedition Act 1948 constitutional. The verdict marks another serious setback to the already dismal environment for fundamental freedoms in [ Read more ]