Research and Policy Development Group (RPDG)

Pursuant to section 4(1)(b), section 4(1)(c) and section 4(2)(a) of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999, SUHAKAM is responsible for assisting and advising the Government to ensure that laws and policies are in line with applicable human rights standards, recommending the ratification of, or accession to international human rights instruments, as well as undertake research on human rights issues. In carrying out these responsibilities, SUHAKAM established the former Treaties and International Instruments Working Group in 2000. This Working Group was then renamed as Law Reform and International Treaties Working Group.

Under a restructuring exercise undertaken in 2012, SUHAKAM consolidated the former Law Reform and International Treaties Working Group; the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Working Group; and the International Issues and Cooperation Committee into the Research and Policy Development Group (RPDG). The RPDG consists of two subdivisions namely the Research and Policy Development Division as well as the International Coordination Division.

 I.          The Research  and Policy Development Division

 The Division assumes the roles and functions of the former Law Reform and International Treaties Working Group as well as the former Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Working Group. It is principally responsible for undertaking research on thematic human rights issues and laws and policies, as well as assisting the Commission to monitor Malaysia’s implementation of its obligations under the international treaties it has ratified.

 II.         The International Coordination Division

 The Division assumes the roles and functions of the former the International Issues and Cooperation Committee and serves as the focal point and secretariat for the Commission’s participation in international human rights fora.