Ties that bind Islam and Moderation


Note: Joint statement by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, president, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia; Tuan Musa Awang, president, Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia; and Azril Mohd Amin, chief executive, Centre For Human Rights Research & Advocacy. Published in the New Straits Times, and reported in BERNAMA

HAVING read the letter written by the 25 eminent people entitled “Need for Consultative Process” in an English newspaper dated Dec 8, we, a group comprising concerned bodies and on behalf of our members, felt compelled to respond to the disturbing statements raised in the said letter. Continue reading

Detik Aspirasi & Harapan NHRAP


Semenjak tahun 1950, Perhimpunan Agung Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) telah menetapkan 10 Disember sebagai Hari Hak Asasi Manusia, demi meningkatkan perhatian Negara-negara anggotanya terhadap Perisytiharan Sejagat Hak Asasi Manusia 1948 (UDHR 1948) sebagai standard umum keberhasilan pencapaian dan komitmen hak asasi manusia untuk semua bangsa. Continue reading

Massacre of Muslims continues as we approach ‘Human Rights Day’


Somewhere between the end of the World Wars, Russian, American, Chinese and European victors carved up the defeated world according to their view of a fair distribution of valuable natural resources, and NOT according to the wishes of the populations themselves. The vested interests thus created have controlled global mineral and other resources and have defined any resistance to these borders as “sedition” or else “terror tactics”. Specifically, Muslim minority populations in Southeast Asian countries have suffered these pejoratives and been penalised. Continue reading

Transgender case: Court of Appeal error?


The Court of Appeal may have procedurally and substantively erred in the transgender case – Azril Mohd Amin and Aidil Khalid

Published in The Malay Mail online today.

Somewhere along the line, the Civil Courts would have to stop niggling away at the Syariah Courts. So does the civil common law at the Islamic law. These courts and laws are not meant to engage in a power struggle against each other; they are meant to complement each other. Continue reading

Kenyataan Media CENTHRA 12 November 2014


PENDIRIAN BERHUBUNG KEPUTUSAN PENGHAKIMAN ENAKMEN JENAYAH SYARIAH NEGERI SEMBILAN (SEKSYEN 66)

Hujah-hujah penghakiman ringkas yang dikemukakan oleh Hakim Mahkamah Rayuan, Dato’ Mohd Hishamudin Yunus pada 7 November lalu pada memutuskan bahawa Seksyen 66, Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Negeri Sembilan 1992 sebagai tidak keperlembagaan (unconstitutional) telah memeranjatkan banyak pihak sama ada di kalangan ahli-ahli agama, para pengamal undang-undang termasuk juga pemimpin masyarakat Islam tanahair. Keseluruhan hujah-hujah penghakiman Dato’ Mohd Hishamudin Yunus telah disandarkan pada tafsiran terpilih dan terhad beliau terhadap Bahagian Kedua Perlembagaan Persekutuan – Kebebasan Asasi – meliputi Perkara 5 (Kebebasan Diri), Perkara 8 (Kesamarataan), Perkara 9 (Kebebasan Bergerak) dan Perkara 10 (Kebebasan Bercakap). Continue reading

Ambil Iktibar Kerapuhan Hak Asasi Manusia


Disiarkan di ruangan Rencana, UM 30 Oktober 2014.

Parti Konservatif yang kini memerintah Britain telah mengumumkan pada minggu pertama bulan Oktober 2014 mengenai rancangan baharu menghapuskan Akta Hak Asasi Manusia 1998 (“HRA 1998″) dan menggantikannya dengan ‘Bill of Rights and Responsibilities” menjelang akhir tahun ini. Tindakan ini akan mengecualikan Britain dari tertakluk pada bidangkuasa dan Konvensyen Eropah mengenai Hak Asasi Manusia. Ini telah mencetuskan siri perbahasan menarik dan mengundang respons pantas para peguam hak asasi manusia dan kumpulan-kumpulan pembela. Bagi kita di Malaysia, wujud iktibar yang boleh diambil, khususnya dalam mendepani sikap golongan yang terlalu mengagungkan fahaman barat dan mengenepikan kedaulatan negara dalam keghairahan memenuhi tuntutan hak asasi manusia. Continue reading

Media Statement: Bar Council must make its stand on ex-judge acting as counsel


Note: The following Media Statement is published with permission and carries with it a total of 21 signatories consisting of lawyers, NGO leaders and social media activists. 

Media Statement – Bar Council must make its stand on ex-judge acting as counsel

29 October 2014

The Malaysian Bar in its Annual General Meeting held on 5 March 2014 passed a resolution prohibiting ex-Judges and other former members of the judiciary from representing clients in our Courts as this would amount to breach of principle and convention at play in Common Law. Continue reading

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