UN Expert on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights to Visit Malaysia in August

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights, New York University School of Law Professor Philip Alston, will be undertaking an official visit to Malaysia from August 12–22, 2019 at the invitation of the government. His visit will focus on the links between poverty and the realization of human rights in Malaysia.

The Special Rapporteur is an independent expert appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, and he will report to the Human Rights Council on his visit to the UK in the first half of 2019. UN independent experts visit countries around the world to report on their human rights situation. In recent years, the Special Rapporteur has undertaken country visits to the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland, Ghana, the United States, Chile, Romania, Mauritania, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Call for Submissions

The Special Rapporteur invites all interested individuals and organizations, including civil society organizations, activists, and academics, to provide input on the situation in Malaysia to assist him in preparing for the visit.

Respondents are requested to limit their comments to a maximum of 1,500 words. Additional supporting materials, such as reports, academic studies, and other background materials may be annexed to the submission.

While all submissions are welcome, and the questions below are by no means exhaustive, the Special Rapporteur would be grateful for comments that address topics such as:

Submissions can be sent to by June 14, 2019. Kindly send your submission as an attachment to an email.

Please indicate in your submission whether we can publish all or part of it on the website of the Special Rapporteur. We will not publish any submissions without the explicit consent of the submitting individual and/or organisation and the issues raised will not be attributed to specific individuals or organizations.

The Special Rapporteur will accept submissions via encrypted email at with this public key. If you have concerns about digital security, you may wish to contact an organization working on these issues. The organization Access Now has a free digital security helpline to help keep individuals and organizations safe online. Inquiries can be sent to

The Special Rapporteur’s visit will lead to a detailed end of mission statement on August 22 and a final report to the UN Human Rights Council in June 2020.

The Special Rapporteur greatly appreciates the effort that goes into making such contributions and looks forward to reading all submissions.

Media Inquiries

Regular updates on the visit to Malaysia will be posted on the website of the Special Rapporteur and via his Twitter and Facebook pages. A press release with additional information about the visit will be issued in August 2019.

On 22 August, the Special Rapporteur will hold a press conference in Kuala Lumpur where he will present a statement with his initial findings. Before and during the visit, the Special Rapporteur’s engagement with media will be limited to commenting on the scope of the visit, areas to be visited, and other logistical aspects. Only at the press conference and thereafter will the Special Rapporteur be in a position to comment on his findings and conclusions.

Media inquiries, including requests to join the Special Rapporteur’s press list, may be directed to Eleanor Robb ( and Rebecca Riddell (

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