Politics requires the skill to integrate the real with the ideal. However you may interpret Qur’anic statements of the rights of human beings, merging them into our body politic may be the most difficult demand of Articles 3(1) and 37(1) of our Federal Constitution, which positions Islam as the religion of the federation. And this demand is recently being more seriously addressed in Putrajaya. Continue reading
Di dalam ucapannya semasa merasmikan Majlis Tilawah Al Qur’an Kebangsaan pada 13 Mei lalu, Perdana Menteri Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak telah menegaskan betapa pemikiran dan fahaman human right-ism kini menjadi ancaman atau serangan baru yang agresif terhadap umat Islam.
The idea of human rights has an extensive history, but only in the past century has the global community pursued to galvanize a regime to promote and protect them. In particular, since the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945, world leaders have collaborated to codify human rights in a universally recognized regime of treaties, institutions, and norms. Among the Muslim-majority nations, most recently, in June 2011, the Organisation of Islāmic Cooperation (OIC) established the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, with the aim to “advance human rights” and “support the Member States’ efforts to merge civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.” These recent developments call for Islāmic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGIs) to articulate the Islāmic views on human rights to offer alternate views to the global human rights movement.