Small Work Group on Human Rights Education for Law Enforcement Bodies


The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) was established by Parliament under the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia Act 1999. Its main function as enshrined in the Act is to promote awareness and provide education in relation to human rights.

In this regard, SUHAKAM realise that law enforcement agencies are always in touch with the community in carrying out their duties. Challenges in enforcing this law will cause certain institutions to be associated with human rights violations.

Law enforcement officials should always perform their duties and responsibilities prescribed in the regulations to serve the community and to protect the community from human rights violations. Law enforcement officials here refers to all the officers involved in the law, whether appointed or elected and exercise the powers to detain, arrest, investigate, prosecute and others. In performing their duties, law enforcement officials must respect a person’s self-esteem or dignity as well as protecting and upholding human rights.

The main objective of this work group are as follows :-

  1. Identifying enforcement agencies that should be given priority and required human rights education.
  2. Planning programmes on human rights and develop training modules for law enforcement agencies.