CENTHRA welcomes OIC policies on terrorism

CENTHRA welcomes OIC policies on terrorism

Issued on the sidelines of the 7th Annual Geneva Summit for Human Rights & Democracy | 24 February 2015 | Centre International de Conférences Geneva (CIGC)

On Rabiul Akhir 26, 1436 (February 15, 2015), the Executive Committee of the Organization of Islāmic Cooperation (OIC) reiterated its unabated determination to stand steadfast against extremism and terrorism in all their forms. As the leading principle of its statement, the OIC categorically rejects any attempt to link terrorism with any country, ethnic group, religion, culture, or nationality.

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Denounciation of the Bar Council for Defence of Eric Paulsen

Press Statement issued jointly by CENTHRA and CLJ on 22 January 2015. Published in The Malay Malay Online today.

In the Press Release of the President of the Malaysian Bar, Christopher Leong on 15 January 2015, he on behalf of the Bar Council asserted a defence of Eric Paulsen of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) for his tweet “JAKIM is promoting extremism every Friday. Government needs to address that if serious about extremism in Malaysia” and urged the authorities to cease the use of the Sedition Act 1948. The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) denounce these stands. Continue reading

Condemnation of Eric Paulsen’s Statement against JAKIM

Press Statement issued jointly by CENTHRA and CLJ on 12 January 2015. Published in The Malay Malay Online today.

WE, the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) condemn in the strongest terms the highly provocative, outrageous as well as downright false tweet by Eric Paulsen of Lawyers For Liberty (LFL) suggesting that the Islamic Development Department of Malaysia (JAKIM) is responsible for fermenting extremism in its preparation of weekly Friday sermons for and on behalf of mosques throughout Malaysia. 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

Moderate Islam- Clash or Convergence?

In New York City recently, the Malaysian Prime Minister YAB Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Bin Tun Abdul Razak has shown clever timing in proposing a worldwide confederation of the more civilized Muslim countries to present the “real”, as opposed to “extreme”, form of Islam. His call for a “Global Movement of the Moderates” was aimed at rallying leaders and intellectuals of the Islamic world to come forward and state their stand openly and firmly against extremism. Certainly, this is an idea whose time has come. The next question is, can the Muslim majority agree as to what “moderate Islam” really means? Continue reading