CENTHRA welcomes OIC policies on terrorism


Issued on the sidelines of the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights & Democracy | 24 February 2015 | Centre International de Conférences Geneva (CIGC)

On Rabiul Akhir 26, 1436 (February 15, 2015), the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islāmic Cooperation (OIC) reiterated its unabated determination to stand steadfast against extremism and terrorism in all their forms. As the leading principle of its statement, the OIC categorically rejects any attempt to link terrorism with any country, ethnic group, religion, culture, or nationality.

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Call for Resignation and Censure of the President of the Malaysian Bar


Call for Resignation and Censure of the President of the Malaysian Bar for Misleading the Public – Lukman Sheriff Alias and Azril Mohd Amin

The first thing that came to mind when we read the press release of the Malaysian Bar issued on February 11th, 2015, by its President, Christopher Leong on Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction, was the President misrepresenting the law and facts on the case. We were in utter disbelief on how a President who is supposed to represent the learned members of the Bar could have arrived at such misleading position. Indeed, as Leong himself put it, “it is a strange world that we live in.”

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Without due regard for the law


This is a joint press statement issued by Azril Mohd Amin who is the chief executive of the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA), and Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi who is the co-founder of the Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ). Published in The Malay Mail Online today.

PRESS STATEMENT

REPUDIATION OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMISSION OF JURISTS AND THE BAR COUNCIL FOR STATEMENTS CONCERNING THE CONVICTION OF ANWAR IBRAHIM PURSUANT TO SECTION 377B OF THE MALAYSIAN PENAL CODE

12 FEBRUARY 2015

WE make reference to the Press Release of the President of the Malaysian Bar, Christopher Leong of the Bar Council on 11 February 2015 as well as the Press Release of the International Commission of Jurists on 10 February 2015 both of which concern the affirmation by the Federal Court of Malaysia on 10 February of the Court of Appeal decision on 8 March 2014 to convict Anwar Ibrahim of sodomy pursuant to Section 377B of the Penal Code of Malaysia.

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Toleransi, Kebebasan Bersuara di Barat Tidak Adil


Telah disiarkan di ruangan 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

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