The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) wishes to extend its heartiest congratulations on the Prime Minister’s recent efforts, now crowned with success, to win Malaysia a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council.
CENTHRA welcomes this invaluable opportunity to work together with the global powers on a host of pressing and complex issues. The entire Human Race now faces a universal threat of terrorism, in itself a nightmare almost unimaginable to the common man before 9/11.
We now face the potential spinoffs from conflicts in Iran, Syria, and the Ukraine, all implicating Muslims in one way or another.
There is a rampant panoply of human rights abuses worldwide. We find continued oppressions of Palestinians, Syrians, Uyghurs, Rohingyas and many others. CENTHRA must now ensure that Malaysia is sufficiently well-equipped to contribute to UN Council debates on such issues, notwithstanding even its own domestic policy evolutions.
CENTHRA pledges to contribute to the resolution of these almost universal oppressions in the most careful and respectful manner, drawing on the accumulated wisdom of our religion of Islam, as well as previous political thinking.
Malaysia’s appointment presents a time-limited opportunity to play a significant role in the future security of the entire human race, despite its acknowledged problems with the current heated debate on her Sedition Act 1948, the role of the media, anti-freedom-of- gender-choice laws, and insistence on including spiritual elements in international law and behaviour, however contrary to secular philosophies this insistence may be.
Is it possible that Malaysia is one of the last bastions of the true Humanity represented by a correct understanding and implementation of the underlying principles of the Muslim Ummah? The door stands open before us. CENTHRA and the Malaysian government must step through that door, in the full Qur’anic spirit of witness for the entire Human Race.
Azril Mohd Amin │ Executve Director, CENTHRA │ 19th October 2014