CENTHRA: Towards broadening the human rights debate

Muslim non-governmental organizations (NGIs) in Malaysia must learn from the country’s recent final adoption of the recommendations made during the 17th Universal Periodic Review session held at the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March this year. Prior to that session, there had already been a form of pressure on the Malaysian government to bow down to one of the demands as stated in COMANGO‘s 11th March 2013 report, in particular on freedom of religion. We are all well aware that there was a call for Malaysia to retract its earlier decision to ban Christians from using the term ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia publication. We believe that more pressures in a variety of forms will surface as we approach the midterm assessment due in about two years from now. Continue reading

Thank you Allah, for the countless blessings upon us

Children are indeed an immense blessing. They are a constant reminder of Allah’s blessings upon us.

When we were very young, weeks take too long, a month seems like forever, and years are just too large to gauge. As we grow older, those years go by in the blink of an eye.

Our baby boy, Umar Khalif was born almost three years ago; I can remember so clearly looking down at the almond-eyed boy Allah had blessed us with. I can so clearly recall bringing him home from the hospital with the mom, and him meeting all his siblings. He is now already running around in the house, leading the screams and giggles that sometimes deprive us the parents from our much-needed sleep. Indeed, time flies so fast.

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Memorandum of Appeal – Save Rohingya Ethnic Minority

The following passages are excerpted from the Memorandum of Appeal and reproduced with permission of the original author. The Memorandum, which had been sent to various foreign embassies in Kuala Lumpur on 8th April 2014, enjoys the support of MuslimUPRo. The contents are in line with our goals, which include striving to protect the rights of Rohingya ethnic minority who are continuously being subjected to systematic killing, torture and deprived from enjoying their basic rights as human beings.

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CENTHRA hadapi cabaran selepas UPR

Selepas sesi penerimaan muktamad berkaitan proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) bagi Malaysia di sesi ke 25 Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia, Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) di Geneva 20 Mac baru-baru ini, isu-isu yang melingkari tuntutan-tuntutan batil Hak Asasi Manusia terhadap Malaysia terus mendapat perhatian pelbagai pihak. Terkini, beberapa kenyataan kontroversi daripada NGO-NGO bersekutu COMANGO melalui acara sampingan (side event) yang dianjurkan di Geneva pada 21 Mac menjadi bukti betapa puak-puak yang berkepentingan dan tidak menghormati kedaulatan Negara akan terus berusaha untuk mengganggu-gugat kemurnian Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan kedaulatan Negara. Continue reading

Some of Geneva’s Must-Sees

For a little change from what I have shared with you so far about my recent UPR-related trips to Geneva, the following write-up recommends some of Geneva’s must-sees if you have plans to visit this city someday. I must admit though that I have not really explored Geneva. I have been to this so-called “capital of peace” four times including the last one in March this year, but that does not make my recommendations the best and the most complete. Anyways, the city never fails to amaze me and I feel I must share it with you readers the interesting places you should visit if you ever plan to travel to the city. Continue reading

Kenyataan Media MuslimUPRo 27 Mac 2014

Sesi penerimaan muktamad (final adoption) bagi Malaysia di pusingan kedua Semakan Berkala Sejagat (Universal Periodic Review – UPR) di Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia, Geneva, Switzerland telah selesai pada 20 Mac 2014 dengan 150 iaitu 2/3 dari keseluruhan syor-syor diterima secara penuh atau secara prinsip manakala baki syor-syor ditolak Kerajaan Malaysia. Pihak MuslimUPRo ingin sekali lagi merakamkan ucapan penghargaan kepada Kerajaan Malaysia, khususnya kepada YAB Perdana Menteri, Dato’ Seri Najib Tun Abdul Razak, yang telah menzahirkan penegasan terhadap tuntutan-tuntutan Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) bersifat kontroversi, tetapi pada masa yang sama mengambil inisiatif untuk memperbaiki keadaan HAM di Malaysia menurut kerangka Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan realiti agama, budaya dan sejarah Negara.

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Malaysia tolak tuntutan-tuntutan kontroversi di UPR Geneva

Kenyataan Media MuslimUPRo 20 Mac 2014 Geneva, Switzerland

MuslimUPRo ingin merakamkan ucapan syabas kepada kerajaan Malaysia yang telah menolak pelbagai tuntutan tidak munasabah Hak Asasi Manusia berdasarkan syor-syor negara2 anggota Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia. Penerimaan muktamad Malaysia telahpun dinyatakan di dalam dokumen rasmi PBB rujukan A/HRC/25/10/Add.1 bertarikh 4 Mac 2014 yang memperlihatkan sikap bertanggungjawab Malaysia menerima syor-syor yang munasabah dalam usaha memperbaiki keadaan Hak Asasi Manusia di negara ini. Pendirian Malaysia dinyatakan semasa Sesi Penerimaan Muktamad hari ini (20 Mac 2013). Sebagai sebuah negara Islam contoh yang mengamalkan keserdehanaan, komitmen Malaysia terhadap usaha memperbaiki tahap dan keadaan Hak Asasi Manusia di negara ini, tanpa berkompromi dengan peruntukan-peruntukan Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan realiti sejarah, agama dan budaya negara.

Dari sejumlah 232 syor-syor tersebut, 113 syor-syor secara sepenuhnya, 21 syor secara prinsipnya diterima, manakala 83 ditolak.

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