Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia
Level 29, Menara Tun Razak Jalan Raja Laut50350 Kuala Lumpur
Tel : 603-26125600Fax : 603-26125620Official Website : http://www.suhakam.org.my
Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia (SUHAKAM) The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) was established by Parliament under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999, Act 597. The Act was gazetted on 9 September 1999. The inaugural meeting of SUHAKAM was held on 24 April 2000.
The initiative to set up a national human rights institution in Malaysia began with Malaysia's active participation in the United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNCHR) in 1993-95 when it was elected as a member of the Commission by the United Nations Economic and Social Council. Malaysia was honored in 1995 with the election of the leader of the delegation, Tan Sri Dato' Musa bin Hitam, as the Chairman of the 52nd session of the UNCHR. Malaysia was elected to serve a second term in the UNCHR from 1996-98 and its third term from 2001-2003.
The impetus for the Malaysian Government to finally consider the setting up of a national human rights institution came from several sources. Malaysia's active involvement in the UNCHR was one. The international attention on human rights as a result of the success of the 1993 World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna where governments, including Malaysia, agreed that human rights are universal and indivisible, and they recognized the importance of setting up national human rights institutions, also influenced the Government.
Professor Datuk Dr. Khaw Lake Tee Professor Datuk Dr. Mahmood Zuhdi Hj. A. Majid Mr. James Nayagam Professor Dato' Dr. Aishah Bidin Mr. Francis Johen
Mr. Sylvester Madating @ Nordin Kasim
* Promote awareness of and provide education in relation to human rights;
* Advise and assist the Government of Malaysia in formulating legislation and administrative directives and procedures and recommend the necessary measures to be taken;
* Recommend to the Government of Malaysia with regards to the subscription or accession of treaties and other international instruments in the field of human rights; and,
* Inquire into complaints regarding infringement of human rights.