In 1986, the Civil Rights Committee established officially under the Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (SCAH). It became the KLSCAH Civil Rights Committee, with the inauguration of the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) in the year 2005.
In the 1980s, the rise of civil rights is witnessed throughout the nation. After the publication of the National Chinese Alliance of Associations in 1985, the SCAH understood the importance and urgency of promoting human rights as an ideological education. In addition to promoting the 15th National Chinese Alliance of Chinese Associations to establish civil rights efforts, SCAH also took the lead in establishing its own civil rights committee. Working with the Youth Committee to implement the spirit of the “Chinese Communities Statement”, they drove initiatives in democratic and human rights beliefs, becoming the pioneer of Chinese communities to build a Chinese civil society.
In addition to early cooperation with the Civil Rights Committee to promote the concept of democracy and human rights, the SCAH Civil Rights Committee has organised activities related to human rights in conjunction with the International Human Rights Day on December 10 since 1987; it later evolved into Human Rights Month. A series of activities, through lectures, exhibitions, articles, book publications, evening parties etc. aroused the public’s attention towards issues surrounding democracy and human rights, leading them to invest in the defence of these beliefs.
To promote democracy and human rights education, enhance the understanding and maintenance of democracy and human rights across Chinese communities;
Strengthen ties, understanding and consensus with partners within the scope of democracy and human rights, so as to jointly build a democratic, free, equal and just country;
Research and express opinions on major issues in domestic and international affairs within a timely manner, so as to take responsibilities and make contributions to defending democracy and human rights.