Methodology and Focus Areas


CENTHRA’s goals are met through participatory research, deliberative dialogue, educational outreach, public debate, grass-root engagement and policy consultation with various groups of human rights stakeholders at the local, national, regional and international levels.

CENTHRA’s methodology encompasses

the conceptual framework that addresses the legal issues arising from the Malaysian Constitution, philosophical concerns of the Rukun Negara as well as domestic value and norms,

along with Malaysian culture and religion.

By articulating domestic sensitivities at the international level, via ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) (at the ASEAN level) and UDHR, CENTHRA believes that this achieves the UDHR aims in setting a common standard for all member states.

Themes that supports the core focus are as follows:

Empowerment of institutional ecosystems in accordance with Malaysian chapter of Human Rights (e.g. government, judiciary, civil society, academia, business, security, parliament),

Obligation to International Treaties (e.g. conventions on OKU, racial discrimination, child, etc)

Situation of society’s main sector (e.g. rights to political, economic, civil, social, cultural, educational , religion, etc)

Situation of special groups (e.g. rights of women, child, refugees, workers, native, poor, old, youth, etc)

Specific issues of Malaysian Human Rights.(e.g. Freedom of religion, Sedition Act, anti-terrorism, position of Islam, etc)