Lawyers for Liberty is a human rights lawyers’ organisation that seeks to protect and promote human rights and civil liberties for all including those most at risk – human rights defenders, students, grassroots activists, opposition politicians and members of Parliament, and ordinary Malaysians who have asserted and demanded their rights.
We are a collective of lawyers and activists who believe in the universality of human rights, the value of individual human dignity, and equal treatment and fairness as the foundation of a democratic and just society.
LFL fully established since 2011 has been at the frontline of human rights activism. It has handled or supported numerous high profile and important cases including on death in police custody, inquest on death of persons in custody, fatal police shooting, torture, unlawful arrest and detention, denial of access to lawyers while under arrest, detention without trial, civil liberties involving the Sedition Act and Peaceful Assembly Act and statelessness.
Among those whom we have represented include opposition leaders, members of Parliament and State Assemblymen, student leaders, NGO, political and community activists, lawyers, a political cartoonist, bloggers, journalists, whistleblowers, families and victims of serious human rights violations and stateless persons.
LFL is a non-profit and non-governmental organisation. We employ staff and work with the support and dedication of our committed legal volunteers. LFL is governed by an Executive Board which is responsible for the strategic direction, financial and other governance of the organisation. We are entirely independent and are funded by a combination of grants and donations from the public.
Eric Paulsen started legal practice at Messrs Karpal Singh & Company, a leading criminal and public interest law firm in Malaysia. He also worked at Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), a civil and political rights advocacy organisation. Over the last decade, he has divided his time consulting in Malaysia for various international organisations and volunteering for numerous initiatives. He has previously worked with UN organisations in Cambodia, Bangladesh, Nepal and Myanmar. He co-founded Lawyers for Liberty in 2011 and was its Adviser until assuming the present position in 2014. He currently faces a sedition charge for criticising JAKIM, the Malaysian Islamic Development Department for allegedly promoting extremism through its Friday sermons.