WHO WE ARE

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.

STRUCTURE

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.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Latheefa Koya was called to the Malaysian Bar in 2001 and has been actively involved in numerous public interest and human rights cases and initiatives. She has mainly practiced law at Messrs Daim & Gamany, a leading public interest law firm in Malaysia. She co-founded Lawyers for Liberty in 2011 and was its Adviser until assuming the Executive Director position in July 2018.

She was previously involved in numerous initiatives including the Bar Council’s Legal Aid Centre, Refugees and Migrants Clinic, Immigration Law Reform Committee, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), and Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (Abolish ISA Movement).

Twitter: @LatheefaKoya; E-mail:  [email protected]