Putting record straight on raid and arrest by JAWI — CENTHRA and CLJ

Published in The Malay Mail.

APRIL 10 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra), together with the Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ), follow with great concern the on-going debate and public outcry pertaining to the raid by The Federal Territories Islamic Department (JAWI) on the transgender community dinner function, dubbed as “transgender beauty pageant,” said to have been held at an upscale hotel in the city centre on the night of April 3, 2016. Continue reading

Text of Speech at Asian Youth Forum 26 February 2016


Full text of Speech by Azril Mohd Amin Chief Executive, Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) presented at the Asian Youth Forum, Cambodia on 26th February 2016

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests,

Assalamualaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh and a very good afternoon. It gives me great pleasure to be here today at this gathering by the Asian Youth Forum, one where many nations of Asia, and all state parties to the ASEAN Charter are in attendance, and, in my capacity as the Chief Executive of the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) in Malaysia. I have been invited by the organisers of this Forum to give a short lecture and thus I shall speak on Peace, Democracy and Regional Partnership Towards the Realisation of the Sustainable Development Goals. Continue reading

The TPPA threatens our sovereignty and is unconstitutional

Media Statement by CENTHRA, Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) and Young Professionals (YP). Published in The Malaymail Online.

JANUARY 12 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA), Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) and Young Professionals (YP) follow with concern ongoing domestic developments with regard to the intended tabling of the Trans Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) for debate before Parliament scheduled for the 26, 27 and 28 of this month. Continue reading

Perkukuh Hak Asasi Muslim

Perlembagaan Persekutuan meletakkan asas yang kukuh bagi kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Negara melalui fasal 3(1) dan fasal-fasal lain berkaitan. Sumpah sharie Yang DiPertuan Agong di dalam fasal 37(1) (Jadual Keempat), memaktubkan tanggungjawab baginda untuk memelihara Islam pada setiap masa. Tugas ini diamanahkan di bahu setiap penjawat awam bagi kerajaan yang memerintah, serta merupakan salah satu tiang utama yang membina asas kenegaraan.

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Barack Obama’s statement deeply offensive and insensitive

Press Statement 22 November 2015

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA), iPeguam and Young Professionals (YP) are shocked, outraged and perturbed reading news reports quoting US President Barack Obama as saying that the state should respect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) rights as part of human rights and that government policy on marriage should be the same for both opposite sex and same sex couples. Continue reading

Apology notwithstanding, article contents warrant further investigation


9 October 2015

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Young Professionals (YP) refer to the recent article by the Malay Mail Online columnist Boo Su-Lyn titled “Abolish Federal Constitution’s Article 11(4)” published on October 2, 2015 by the Malay Mail Online and subsequently withdrawn with apology on October 7, 2015

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