SUARAM is guided by the principles laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948 and believes in the universality, interdependence and indivisibility of all rights: civil, political, economic, social and cultural. This means, for example, that the right to genuine development is just as important as it is dependent on the right to freedom of expression. The Malaysian government reaffirmed this stand in various international fora including the 1993 Unite Nations World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna.
SUARAM specializes in civil and political rights such as freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association; right to fair trial; freedom from torture, extra-judicial killings and cruel punishment; public accountability and genuine democracy-building. Together with other partner NGOs who work on economic, social and cultural rights in Malaysia, we are able to collectively and comprehensively address all human rights. SUARAM believes in international solidarity and actively supports democracy and human rights movement in the Asian region, in particularly South East Asia.