Toleransi, Kebebasan Bersuara di Barat Tidak Adil

Telah disiarkan di bahagian rencana, Berita Harian.

Baru-baru ini isu kebebasan bersuara di Malaysia kembali menjadi hangat apabila seorang peguam hak asasi manusia yang juga pengasas bersama Lawyers for Liberty, Eric Paulsen mengeluarkan ungkapan “tweet” yang menuduh JAKIM mempromosi ekstremisme di dalam khutbah Jumaat di seluruh negara. Pihak berkuasa telah menjalankan siasatan terhadap tindakan beliau tersebut. Sama ada tindakan tegas berlandaskan undang-undang akan diambil ataupun tidak terhadap Eric, secara moralnya beliau telah mengguris perasaan umat Islam di Malaysia dan mengakibatkan prasangka buruk orang bukan Islam terhadap masyarakat Islam. Perbuatan beliau tidak dapat diterima sesiapapun yang berfikiran waras dan cintakan keharmonian beragama di sesebuah negara. Continue reading

Denounciation of the Bar Council for Defence of Eric Paulsen

Press Statement issued jointly by CENTHRA and CLJ on 22 January 2015. Published in The Malay Malay Online today.

In the Press Release of the President of the Malaysian Bar, Christopher Leong on 15 January 2015, he on behalf of the Bar Council asserted a defence of Eric Paulsen of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) for his tweet “JAKIM is promoting extremism every Friday. Government needs to address that if serious about extremism in Malaysia” and urged the authorities to cease the use of the Sedition Act 1948. The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) denounce these stands. Continue reading

Condemnation of Eric Paulsen’s Statement against JAKIM

Press Statement issued jointly by CENTHRA and CLJ on 12 January 2015. Published in The Malay Malay Online today.

WE, the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) condemn in the strongest terms the highly provocative, outrageous as well as downright false tweet by Eric Paulsen of Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) suggesting that the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) is responsible for fermenting extremism in its preparation of weekly Friday sermons for and on behalf of mosques throughout Malaysia. Continue reading

As we head into 2015

All of us long for a Human Rights environment that will be loving and inclusive bereft of millions of stateless or hungry people. Muslims, would add to that a wish that it be shariah-compliant; yet so often we are blamed for Human Rights abuses, as are other ethnic and religious groups, which is only a red herring and not the problem. The problem is first one of political and economic dysfunction. It would seem that most Human Rights difficulties derive ultimately from unjust economics and income inequality, as recognized by top commentators. Continue reading

2014: Postscript


I received my annual blogging report from WordPress. Although I don’t have a benchmark to compare popular blogs, 27,000 views seem a lot to me. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all my subscribers and other readers who randomly stopped by. Other than founding CENTHRA, this can be my other achievement in 2014.

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New rally needed against opaque Bar Council elections

Jointly written by Azril Mohd Amin & Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi. Published earlier in The Malay Mail Online.

Few would have forgotten, especially amongst lawyers, the position of the Bar Council at the Extraordinary General Meeting called on 11 May 2012, when it passed a resolution that supported Bersih 3.0’s call for free and fair elections and condemned alleged “excessive” and “indiscriminate” police force against the rally organised by Bersih 3.0 earlier. Continue reading

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


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