Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Malaysia - COI

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Prof Graham K. Brown

Professor of International Development, University of Western Australia

Email: graham [dot] brownatuwa [dot] edu [dot] au

Professor Brown is a political scientist with research interests in inequality, migration, and political violence. He specialises in Southeast Asia, and has conducted extensive field research in Malaysia and Indonesia in particular. He has also consulted extensively for international agencies, including the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, UNESCO, and the UNDP in Thailand, Indonesia, and Timor-Leste. Professor Brown speaks Malay. 

Dr Lynette Chua (LGBTI)

Assistant Professor of Law, National University of Singapore

Email: lynette [dot] chuaatgmail [dot] com

Professor Chua is a law and society scholar with research interests in law and social change, and law and social movements. Professor Chua works on LGBTI issues and activism in Singapore and Myanmar. She is conducting ongoing field research on LGBT issues in Malayisa. Professor Chua has offered expert opinion on LGBTI cases for Myanmar and Malaysia. 

Amy A. Smith

Amy Smith is an executive director of Fortify Rights. Previously, Amy worked as a consultant focusing on regional migration and refugee protection issues with the Labor Migration and Trafficking Unit of the International Organization of Migration (IOM) and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Regional Office for Southeast Asia. Amy served as the Myanmar and Thailand researcher for the International Secretariat of Amnesty International and worked with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) in Malaysia and Thailand, facilitating research and programming with urban and camp-based refugees from Myanmar. Amy authored numerous reports and publications on human rights and humanitarian issues, including for Human Rights Watch, and has experience providing legal representation and expert testimony for asylum seekers in the U.S. Amy is a licensed U.S. attorney with a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and a B.S. from Northeastern University. 

Siddharth Kara

Email: siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery, co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book, Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia was released in October, 2012. Just as Sex Trafficking provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry, Bonded Labor provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.