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.


SUHAKAM’s main functions are to promote awareness of and provide education relating to human rights; to advise and assist Government in formulating legislation and procedures and recommend the necessary measures to be taken; to make recommendations to the Government with regards to the subscription or accession of treaties and other international instruments in the field of human rights; and to inquire into complaints regarding infringements of human rights.


In order to carry out its duties and functions more effectively, specific working groups were formed on education and public relations, research and policy development, as well as on complaints, inquiries and monitoring.


There are several main areas of work, which include but are not limited to the right to health in prison; death in police custody; indigenous people; persons with disabilities; older persons; business and human rights; human trafficking; and education.


SUHAKAM envisions a society in which human rights are fully respected and enjoyed equally by all.

UNAM was formed in 1985 with the encouragement of the former Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. The motto of UNAM is "We are the World." UNAM achieves its objectives of sharing and disseminating vital knowledge, data and information and promoting the work of UN and its agencies through seminars, dialogues, workshops, and forums nationally and regionally.

The United Nations Association of Malaysia (UNAM) is a voluntary, independent, non-political, non-profit, non-governmental organization. UN Associations (UNAs) in UN member countries have consultative status with the United Nations through the World Federation of UN Associations (WFUNA).

As the Youth wing of UNAM, we engage with Malaysian youths to empower, equip and support them in making the world a better place, by organizing or supporting initiatives in line with the  Sustainable Development Goals.

© 2019 A joint effort by SUHAKAM & UNAM Youth. All rights reserved.

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