COMANGO’s siege mentality

It is now less than 8 hours before Malaysia goes under review of her human rights record in the UPR process at the Human Rights Council, Geneva.

I have read an article by Honey Tan of COMANGO’s secretariat (here’s the full link) and, as has happened before, was initially impressed with her commendable writing skills. Then, as has also happened before, I watched her unravel a bit as she descended into ‘emotional’ remarks.

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Memorandum MuslimUPRo 22 Oktober 2013

MEMORANDUM GABUNGAN PERTUBUHAN-PERTUBUHAN ISLAM DI DALAM PROSES UPR (MuslimUPRo)

22 Oktober 2013M bersamaan 17 Dzulhijjah 1434H

Gabungan Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam di dalam Proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia atau ringkasnya MuslimUPRo telah digagaskan sebagai salah satu usaha untuk memantau NGO-NGO Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan sekular-liberal yang menggunakan saluran Gabungan NGO Malaysia di dalam Proses UPR (COMANGO), untuk menuntut perkara-perkara yang mencabar kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Negara melalui Proses Semakan Berpenggal Sejagat (UPR) Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia HRC (UN) di Geneva, Switzerland yang akan melibatkan Malaysia pada 24 Oktober 2013. Continue reading

Notes from Geneva – 19th October 2013

From Geneva, Switzerland, I bid you Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Alhamdulillah, we have safely arrived via Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, after a 13-hours flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Friday afternoon was just a chance to settle down with the hotel check-in and visit the registration desk to collect the security pass for entry into the United Nations Building, or popularly known as Palais Des Nations. Security is strict for entry to the building for the session.

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PPMM’s Media Statement on the kalimah Allah Court of Appeal’s Decision

The following is media statement by Dato’ Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, President of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Malaysia(PPMM) on the recent kalimah Allah Court of Appeal’s Decision

1. It has come to the attention of PPMM that there has been some misconception and/or misunderstanding as to the actual decision delivered by the Honorable Court of Appeal on the aforestated matter. PPMM being a body having the duty to keep all members of the public correctly informed as to the development of legal matters of this nature, takes it upon itself duty bound to make a statement as follows.

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Menolak tuntutan-tuntutan batil Hak Asasi Manusia

Kita perlu berwaspada dan menyaring dengan teliti prinsip-prinsip yang terkandung di dalam ideologi Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM). Ideologi dan gerakan HAM semasa yang secara relatifnya agak baru di dalam sejarah manusia dilatari oleh pengalaman sekular tamadun Barat yang bersandarkan pemisahan agama dan pemerintahan. Negara-negara Barat juga mengalami trauma yang dahsyat selepas Perang Dunia Kedua yang berakhir pada 1945. Akibat dari kegagalan mengawal nafsu mereka membunuh nyawa orang-orang awam di dalam perang tersebut, serta akibat sifat bongkak dan takabbur mereka mengadakan perlumbaan merebut kuasa dan mendominasi dunia, maka mereka berselindung di sebalik perisytiharan-perisytiharan HAM tertentu bagi memaksakan manifestasi nilai buruk tamadun mereka ke atas masyarakat dunia. Continue reading

Muslim NGOs to observe Malaysia’s session in UN

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Muslim non-governmental organisations is heading for the United Nations to observe the review of the Malaysian Government’s human rights record. The Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Malaysia is set for Oct 24, four years after the first in 2009.

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Pertahankan kedaulatan Islam di sesi Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) 2013

Mereka yang mengikuti perkembangan proses Sesi Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR), Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (UNHRC), pasti pernah membaca berita yang dilaporkan beberapa media Barat mengenai tindakan Israel menarik diri seketika dari proses UPR pada bulan Januari 2013 yang lalu. Israel telah mendakwa wujud sikap “double standard dan berat sebelah”, yang menyebabkan proses tersebut “dieksploitasi” kumpulan-kumpulan seperti Liga Arab, Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) dan NGO-NGO tertentu untuk menekan dan mensasarkan rekod buruk hak asasi manusia (HAM) Israel, khususnya berkaitan penganiayaan dan penzaliman mereka terhadap masyarakat awam Palestin. Continue reading

Strenghtening the Muslim position at the Universal Periodic Review

Article 3(1) of the Malaysian Federal Constitution states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation”. It has long been misconstrued as a mere official declaration. As a matter of fact, it designates Islam as the religion of the nation. It goes right to the heart of the federation, her raison detre. Continue reading