Originally reported here.
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 (Bernama) — Over 20 Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will submit several proposals to the government concerning human rights issues that can threaten the sovereignty of Islam in Malaysia for the universal periodic review (UPR) purposes.
Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association vice-president Azril Mohd Amin said the UPR would give the opportunity to the ruling government in 192 countries, including Malaysia, to declare the actions that could improve human rights in their respective countries.
Among the proposals are to have a separate feedback note be sent to the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation‘s (OIC) Independent Permanent Commission on Human Rights (IPHRC) to ensure that the syariah-specific and intra-faith issues were debated among countries and NGOs, as well as among legal syariah experts and Muslim scholars, he said.
Azril said this when tabling his working paper titled “Islam as National Religion: Between Universal Declaration of Human Rights and The Position of Islam in Malaysia’s Federal Constitution at the Seminar to Uplift Status of Islam as National Religion (SEMAIAN) organised by Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) with cooperation from the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) here Saturday.