Remembering Deir Yassin – CENTHRA

Today, nearly 70 years ago in 1948, a peaceful village in Deir Yassin, Palestine, was attacked by armed Jewish terrorists from the militant Irgun and Stern Gangs, who formed the backbone of the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) upon the creation of the State of Israel shortly afterwards. Continue reading

Media Statement: CENTHRA Condemns Assassination of U Ko Ni

MEDIA STATEMENT 1 FEBRUARY 2017

CENTHRA CONDEMNS ASSASSINATION OF U KO NI

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) condemns in no uncertain terms the assassination of U Ko Ni, a prominent lawyer and advisor to the National League of Democracy (NLD) in Burma last 29 January. We express condolences to his grieving family and friends. Continue reading

Media Statement: Burmese Regime Must Be Brought Before the ICC In Respect Of Treatment Of Its Rohingya Minority

Media Statement: Burmese Regime Must Be Brought Before the ICC In Respect Of Treatment Of Its Rohingya Minority

Press Conference by the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA)

17 October 2016

The systematic suffering by the impoverished Rohingya community who have done no wrong whatsoever and do not justify any ill treatment can and must be brought to a permanent end and it is up to us, as members of the international community, to do so. Continue reading

Call for jail cells to be deliberately infested with rats and roaches inhumane and barbaric — CENTHRA

Call for jail cells to be deliberately infested with rats and roaches inhumane and barbaric — CENTHRA

This statement was first published on Malay Mail Online.

SEPTEMBER 3 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) read with utter bewilderment the suggestion of a former Court of Appeal judge, Datuk Mohd Noor Abdullah, that authorities must do as much as possible to ensure jails are made highly inhospitable for prisoners by having their detainment cells deliberately infested by rats, cockroaches and other rodents so that inmates are deterred from repeating their crimes (Cells should have mosquitoes, rats and cockroaches to make criminals fear prison, says retired judge, The Malay Mail Online, September 1, 2016). Continue reading

This World Refugee Day, Let Us Stand In Solidarity #WithRefugees

This World Refugee Day, Let Us Stand In Solidarity #WithRefugees

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day, commemorated annually as such since the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed vide Resolution 55/76 to mark 20 June 2001 as the first such day following the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Indeed, the past few years have seen many forced to flee their homes due to wars and conflicts occurring in various parts of the world, notably Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar as well as to escape widespread famine caused by the onslaught of global warming and escalation of climate change happening in places such as India and Africa due to, among others, inaction on the part of governments to mitigate the same ever since the Paris Agreement was agreed in December 2015. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy if further action is not taken soon to mitigate its effects. Continue reading

Attack on increased jurisdiction of Syariah courts unconstitutional and an affront to religious liberty

Attack on increased jurisdiction of Syariah courts unconstitutional and an affront to religious liberty

Published in The Malay Mail Online. June 1 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) reads with deep concern the joint statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) with regards to the Private Member’s Bill tabled by YB Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang, Member of Parliament for Marang seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Amended 1984) to enable the increase of punishments meted out by the Syariah courts (Increasing powers of Syariah Courts may lead to rights violations, MalaysiaKini, 31 May 2016). Continue reading