Kenyataan Media MuslimUPRo 12 Mac 2014

KENYATAAN MEDIA DELEGASI PERTUBUHAN-PERTUBUHAN ISLAM DI DALAM SEMAKAN BERKALA SEJAGAT (MUSLIMUPRO)

12 Mac 2014 │ 10 Jamadil Awal 1435 │ Bangi, Selangor Darul Ehsan

Kenyataan media ini dikeluarkan bersempena Seminar Islam dan Hak Asasi Manusia: Cabaran Tuntutan COMANGO dan Masa Depan Malaysia, yang dianjurkan sebagai penzahiran kerjasama MuslimUPRo, Jabatan Usuludin dan Falsafah, Fakulti Pengajian Islam, UKM dan Yayasan Dakwah Islamiyah Malaysia (YADIM). Seminar yang dianjurkan ini berhasrat memperhalusi kajian tema-tema penting di sekitar isu-isu HAM menurut pandangan Islam dan juga sebagai medan untuk MuslimUPRo dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam Bukan Kerajaan (NGI) berkongsi idea dan pengalaman semasa sesi UPR dan mendapatkan respons serta pandangan arah tuju perjuangan HAM menurut perspektif Islam. Continue reading

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Beyond COMANGO’s demands

Best-selling sociologist Ivan Illich wrote a short classic on energy problems fifty years ago, where he analyzed and proposed what he called “Energy and Equity”. By this he hoped that the earth’s energy resources would be distributed evenly and fairly among all of civilization. Barring long-sought breakthroughs in the engineering of nuclear fusion power (promising unlimited energy for everyone), this dream has not come close to being fulfilled. We now have the same problem in the fair protection of human rights for the entire human race. Continue reading

Campurtangan isu kalimah Allah cemar kedaulatan negara

Pada 25 November 2013, salah sebuah media utama Barat, Reuters, telah melaporkan pandangan yang dikemukakan Heiner Bielefeldt, Jurulapor Khas Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu bagi Kebebasan Beragama, yang menggesa agar kerajaan Malaysia mengubah keputusannya melarang penggunaan nama Allah bagi menterjemahkan maksud Tuhan di kalangan penganut agama Kristian. Menurut beliau, hal-hal berkaitan beragama tidak sewajarnya dikawal kerajaan sesebuah Negara. Di dalam kenyataan beliau, disebutkan “…It cannot be the business of the State to shape or reshape religious traditions, nor can the State claim any binding authority in the interpretation of religious sources or in the definition of the tenets of faith.” Continue reading

Western Human Rights and Freedom

At the recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session held in Geneva on 24th October 2013, it was clear that many Western countries were pressuring Malaysia to sign and ratify certain international human rights treaties; including the ones that allow for unbridled freedom of religion (such as Article 18 of ICCPR on freedom of religion). There were also calls from at least 5 countries for Malaysia to abolish her anti-sodomy laws (section 377A of the Penal Code and the various Shariah enactments); this eventually for allowing same-sex marriage. Indeed, Western countries are willing to go to the extent of overriding the sovereignty of nations in propagating ‘universal standards’ of human rights achievements.

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COMANGO’s retrograde agenda

COMANGO is a coalition of Malaysian NGOs purporting to represent the secular human rights groups, as well as “intelligent” liberal Muslim point-of-view. MuslimUPRo‘s objection to COMANGO’s retrograde agenda can be seen in MuslimUPRo’s earlier memorandum to the Government as well as media statements and other writings. Continue reading

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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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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