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

Malaysia on the United Nations Security Council


The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) wishes to extend its heartiest congratulations on the Prime Minister’s recent efforts, now crowned with success, to win Malaysia a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council.

CENTHRA welcomes this invaluable opportunity to work together with the global powers on a host of pressing and complex issues. The entire Human Race now faces a universal threat of terrorism, in itself a nightmare almost unimaginable to the common man before 9/11.

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Tangani Isu Rohingya dengan berkesan


Isu penderitaan minoriti umat Islam Rohingya di bawah regim Myanmar terus mendapat perhatian masyarakat sejagat, walaupun tiada usaha berkesan setakat ini yang benar-benar serius dilaksanakan oleh mana-mana pihak untuk menamatkan kesengsaraan mereka. Maklumat terbaru mengenai isu tersebut terkandung di dalam laporan mengenai Myanmar telah dibentangkan Setiausaha Agung PBB, Ban Ki-moon pada sesi ke-69 Persidangan Agung PBB yang berlangsung di New York dari 16 September hingga 1 Oktober lalu. Laporan tersebut menimbulkan kebimbangan serius berhubung ketegangan kaum dan agama yang mengakibatkan keganasan berterusan terhadap umat Islam Rohingya. Kebimbangan tersebut timbul walaupun Ban memuji usaha kerajaan Myanmar untuk maju dengan usaha-usaha pembaharuan demokratik yang sering dilaung-laungkan para pemimpinnya. Continue reading

UNHRC Resolution on SOGI


It may (or may not) be true that a free and fair election is vital to the proper control of human leadership. However, the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) vote on sexual deviation cannot be accepted on that basis.

A little-recognized fact of historical precedence was in 423 CE, when the Emperor Constantine convened the First Council of Nicaea and ordered them to come up with a unified theology that he could impose fully on his subjects. At that Council, the so-called “divinity of Jesus” was established by a vote of 60%, while 40% of the collected religious leaders (priests, etc.) did not agree to propagate the doctrine that Jesus was the Son of God.

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