Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: What Does That Mean For The Persecuted Rohingya?

Myanmar’s Democratic Transition: What Does That Mean For The Persecuted Rohingya?

Full transcript of CENTHRA Chief Executive Azril Mohd Amin’s speech at the One-Day Open Research Conference, South Asian Research Cluster, Wolfson College, Oxford University, 11 May 2016 Continue reading

Text of Speech at Asian Youth Forum 26 February 2016

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

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

The Human Rights Tradition in Islam: A Book review by Murad Wilfried Hofmann

The Human Rights Tradition in Islam By Muddathir ‘Abd al-Rahim. Westport, USA: Praeger Publishers, 2005. Pp257. ISBN: 0275980456. Reviewed by Murad Wilfried Hofmann.

This book is the third of a series produced by Praeger on Human Rights in the world’s major religions, i.e in the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu and Buddhist traditions. Its Sudanese author, Dr. ‘Abd al-Rahim, since 1997 professor of political sciences and Islamic studies at the International Institute of Islamic Thought and Civilization (ISTAC) in Kuala Lumpur, is eminently suited for presenting this subject, given his first hand knowledge of both East and West and his previous diplomatic career.

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Malaysia without Politicians?

A certain prominent psychiatrist here in Malaysia once commented (“off the record”) that one of the job skills required of successful politicians is “borderline criminal psychosis”. In other words, many political leaders are not that far away from being crazy criminals. Anyway, everybody seems to know that politics is a “dirty business”. Continue reading

On leadership and democracy

“DEMOCRACY” popularized by the West is NOT the democracy established by Rasulullah (s.a.w.) in his time. After his demise, the monarchists (now called Shi’ite Muslims) insisted that subsequent Amirs should come from the blood line of the Prophet himself. As best we know, the Prophet (s.a.w.) did not sanction this royal system of choosing leaders, rather he nominated Abu Bakr and left the decision open to CONSENSUS of the Companions (r.a.).

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