We invite you to read the project previews as presented further below, or if you wish to delve into each of these projects in more depth, please visit these links:
Abolishment of Death Penalty Project
HAKAM has always stood for the abolition of the death penalty. The death penalty is by its nature : ultimate, irreversible and unduly harsh. It offers no room for rehabilitation or remorse. Further, it has been shown in many other jurisdictions that the judicial process involved in death row cases are prone to human errors. Death Penalty is a breach of human rights. Read more
Human Rights & Religion
Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
HAKAM believes that there is a need to create space for debate and discussion in respect of the freedom of religion in our country. To what extent do Malaysians have freedom of religion, freedom of expression and other human rights in the context of a multi-religious Malaysia and whether such rights are compatible with religions practised in Malaysia? Read more
Police Accountability – IPCMC
“Rogue Cops: Workable Solutions, Police Accountability”
The Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police (the “Royal Commission”), established in 2004 by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, had raised serious concerns about police abuses. The Royal Commission received over 900 complaints of abuse including deaths in custody, physical and psychological abuse of detainees, misuse of administrative detention laws, abuse of power, and systematic lack of accountability and transparency.
HAKAM is renewing the call to the Government to establish an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (“IPCMC”) as was recommended by this Royal Commission. Read more
National Response to Natural Disasters - A Working Framework
Building the HAKAM NR2D Framework
It is HAKAM’s position that victims of natural disasters have the right to live in a reasonably healthy and safe environment and something must be done to ensure in times of disaster a proper system is in place that will work towards contributing to the effective protection of their inherent right to life.
Arising from the devastating floods late 2014 which affected the East Coast of Malaysia, the failure of the government's disaster management machinery that was supposed to kick in to assist victims, and the continuous suffering of the flood victims to-date, HAKAM has embarked on a special (and perhaps crazy huge) initiative which we call the National Response to Natural Disasters – A Working Framework (NR2D Framework). This is the brainchild of our President, Ambiga Sreenevasan. This NR2D Project takes on the very ambitious and brave move to bring together various organisations, experts and other stakeholders – to put together a framework which can be used as a National Response to Natural Disasters (NR2D) for the future. Read more
What Do Human Rights Mean
10 December 2015
Since 1950, the world marks 10th December as Human Rights Day. It is a day to create awareness to fundamental human rights, in particular as set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as the common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.
This year, the National Human Rights Society (HAKAM), in collaboration with The Malay Mail Online, is pleased to gift you 7 articles, daily from 10 to 16 December 2015 in celebration of Human Rights Day 2015, aimed at bringing attention to selected and specific interest areas concerning human rights in Malaysia.
#HAKAM-MMO Human Rights Day 2015 project
Social Media Advocacy
Stand Up, Speak Up, Show Up
The 4 prominent Malaysians featured in Ask Me series 1
In August 2016, HAKAM initiated the “Jom Tanya Saya” or “Ask Me” series of live broadcast conversations with 4 prominent Malaysians, via Facebook Live.
This series is one of HAKAM’s ongoing pursuits to create opportunities to engage the Malaysian public on current issues and concerns via online dialogues, and to build up momentum on need for all Malaysians to do their part.
How can you contribute to this cause? By engaging in conversations that matter, to register to vote for next General Elections, to volunteer as observer of polling agents etc, to participate in activities to support good causes, and more. Read more
Research on Bullying in Malaysian Schools
HAKAM’s 30 January 2018 report on bullying in Malaysian schools has revealed that bullying is widespread, with more than 14,000 cases taking place between 2012 and 2015. The majority of cases involved physical bullying, but cases of cyber-bullying, verbal bullying and social bullying were also prevalent.
The report found that bullying is having an alarming effect on the mental health of young Malaysians, including lowered self-esteem, depression, and even suicide. It is clear that action must be taken to address this problem and protect the rights of children.
Read more of summary | Read full report