2014: Postscript

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I received my annual blogging report from WordPress. Although I don’t have a benchmark to compare popular blogs, 27,000 views seem a lot to me. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all my subscribers and other readers who randomly stopped by. Other than founding CENTHRA, this can be my other achievement in 2014.

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New rally needed against opaque Bar Council elections

Jointly written by Azril Mohd Amin & Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi. Published earlier in The Malay Mail Online.

Few would have forgotten, especially amongst lawyers, the position of the Bar Council at the Extraordinary General Meeting called on 11 May 2012, when it passed a resolution that supported Bersih 3.0’s call for free and fair elections and condemned alleged “excessive” and “indiscriminate” police force against the rally organised by Bersih 3.0 earlier. Continue reading

Ties that bind Islam and Moderation

Note: Joint statement by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, president, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia; Tuan Musa Awang, president, Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia; and Azril Mohd Amin, chief executive, Centre For Human Rights Research & Advocacy. Published in the New Straits Times, and reported in BERNAMA

HAVING read the letter written by the 25 eminent people entitled “Need for Consultative Process” in an English newspaper dated Dec 8, we, a group comprising concerned bodies and on behalf of our members, felt compelled to respond to the disturbing statements raised in the said letter. Continue reading

Detik Aspirasi & Harapan NHRAP

Semenjak tahun 1950, Perhimpunan Agung Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) telah menetapkan 10 Disember sebagai Hari Hak Asasi Manusia, demi meningkatkan perhatian Negara-negara anggotanya terhadap Perisytiharan Sejagat Hak Asasi Manusia 1948 (UDHR 1948) sebagai standard umum keberhasilan pencapaian dan komitmen hak asasi manusia untuk semua bangsa. Continue reading

Massacre of Muslims continues as we approach ‘Human Rights Day’

Somewhere between the end of the World Wars, Russian, American, Chinese and European victors carved up the defeated world according to their view of a fair distribution of valuable natural resources, and NOT according to the wishes of the populations themselves. The vested interests thus created have controlled global mineral and other resources and have defined any resistance to these borders as “sedition” or else “terror tactics”. Specifically, Muslim minority populations in Southeast Asian countries have suffered these pejoratives and been penalised. Continue reading