CENTHRA berlandaskan acuan Islam


Pusat Penyelidikan dan Advokasi Hak Asasi Manusia, (Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy) atau ringkasnya CENTHRA yang telah mula berfungsi semenjak 1 Mei lalu adalah bukti permuafakatan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam Bukan Kerajaan (NGI) dan selesainya giliran Malaysia membuat penerimaan akhir di pusingan kedua Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) di Geneva, Switzerland pada bulan Mac 2014. Idea penubuhan CENTHRA diasaskan pada keperluan mendesak untuk menyediakan rangka pemikiran dan strategi jangka panjang kefahaman dan tindakan memperbaiki keadaan hak asasi manusia di Malaysia yang menurut perspektif serta pandangan alam Islam. CENTHRA yang didaftarkan sebagai sebuah entiti tidak berorientasikan keuntungan, berfungsi sebagai medium penyelidikan dan advokasi yang terlibat secara langsung dalam menangani isu-isu hak asasi manusia di peringkat nasional, serantau dan khususnya di peringkat Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia, Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (UNHRC) di Geneva. Continue reading

On Death: A Personal Reflection


Alfatihah. A dear uncle, Hj. Abu Bakar bin Abdul Aziz, has passed away peacefully recently on the very blessed day of 17 Ramadhan 1435H. May Allah forgive him and raise his rank among the rightly guided, make his grave spacious and illuminate it for him inshaAllah. I visited him last month when he was still recuperating from an open heart surgery he had many weeks before. I have a great respect for Almarhum, a particularly humble and learned man and someone who had made great impact on the lives of so many people. He will be fondly remembered for his keen interest in the traditional Islāmic learning, and his untiring effort to get us involved in many of the family gathering events as well as the study sessions led by scholars with impeccable credentials. Continue reading

Pemerkasaan pendekatan IPHRC


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Suruhanjaya Tetap Bebas Hak Asasi Manusia (IPHRC) yang dianggotai 18 negara Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) telah direalisasikan penubuhannya pada bulan Jun 2011 bagi mencari langkah pemerkasaan hak asasi manusia dari perspektif Islam. Malaysia, selain Turki dan Indonesia, merupakan anggota yang aktif dan menonjol telah turut menyumbang secara berkesan segi pendekatan yang berupaya meningkatkan taraf pencapaian hak asasi manusia di kalangan negara-negara anggota OIC. Continue reading

Israel langgar konvensyen antarabangsa PBB


Seorang sarjana terkemuka Eropah, Stephen Hopgood, telah menulis di dalam karya terbarunya, “The Endtimes of Human Rights” (2013) tentang kegagalan sistem hak asasi manusia sejagat dalam melindungi hak Negara-negara yang tertindas. Menurut pandangan Hopgood, Pertubuhan Bangsa-Bangsa Bersatu (PBB) dan NGO-NGO hak asasi manusia bersifat sebagai kuasa imperialisme yang bertopengkan moralisme yang pada satu masa dulu bermula sebagai suatu perkara yang baik dan kini hanya menjadi suatu industri. Lebih besar sesebuah NGO itu, besar lagi kemungkinan bahawa ianya telah berjinak dengan modal, dan hanya wujud untuk mengumpul wang dan bukannya mengumpul wang untuk wujud. Continue reading

Culture-bound Human Rights


Anthropologists have long known that some forms of knowledge will inevitably be bound or limited by the culture in which they work. The use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims in Malaysia is one such issue. One culture-bound reason is that about forty percent of the Malaysian populace are non-Muslims. Therefore, Muslims are under constant pressure from the normal criticisms of non-Muslims to Muslim practice and belief.

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National harmony law violates Rukunegara with nod to atheists


Originally reported here.

KUALA LUMPUR, July 6 — The National Unity Consultative Council’s (NUCC) proposed anti-discrimination law contravenes the Rukunegara’s principle of belief in God by recognising atheism, a coalition of Muslim groups have said.

In a column in Malay newspaper Mingguan Malaysia today, MuslimUPRo chief Azril Mohd Amin noted that the NUCC’s National Harmony and Reconciliation Bill 2014 defined “religion” as “any religion and includes any belief or lack of a religious belief”, which he said would include atheists and the freedom to renounce a faith.

“This clearly contradicts the Rukunegara’s first principle, which is belief in God,” Azril wrote.

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Rohingya: Victims of False Borders


There was a time in recent history that the USA became a haven of hope for many downtrodden minorities of European kingdoms. When these immigrants sacrificed and struggled to arrive in the USA, they adopted the “melting pot” approach to culture. It did not matter where you came from, because “all men are created equal”. Even today, American domestic laws forbid the collecting of racial information in employment or other personal documents. Continue reading

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