A Malaysian mould of human rights

A Malaysian mould of human rights

Published in The Malaysian Insider today.

When it comes to philosophical as well as religious differences in the interpretation and implementation of human rights, the tale of David versus Goliath may be resorted to for inspiration. 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“Abolish Federal Constitution’s Article 11(4)” published on October 2, 2015 by the Malay Mail Online and subsequently withdrawn with apology on October 7, 2015

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Press Statement 16 September 2015 – CENTHRA & YP

Press Statement 16 September 2015 –  CENTHRA & YP

SUHAKAM & The Bar Council must investigate possible human rights violations at Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu Rally

We, the Centre for Human Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) and Young Professionals (YP) note with concern media reports that the Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu rally or otherwise known as the #Merah169 rally that was initially reported as being approved and allowed to go ahead by the relevant authorities, are now being disrupted by the same.

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Who decides what marriage is?

Who decides what marriage is?

[ED]: Published in The Malay Mail Online today.

In the late 20th century, following substantial cultural and political developments, same-sex couples began to lead more open and public lives and to establish families. Now, the US Supreme Court has issued a majority decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, that all states must accept the legality of same-sex marriages. We must take heed of this decision because it may well have a global impact, and we do not want Malaysians to be misled on these emerging “liberal” changes to our religious teachings on the meaning of marriage. 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

PPMM’s Media Statement on the kalimah Allah Court of Appeal’s Decision

The following is media statement by Dato’ Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, President of Muslim Lawyers’ Association of Malaysia(PPMM) on the recent kalimah Allah Court of Appeal’s Decision

1. It has come to the attention of PPMM that there has been some misconception and/or misunderstanding as to the actual decision delivered by the Honorable Court of Appeal on the aforestated matter. PPMM being a body having the duty to keep all members of the public correctly informed as to the development of legal matters of this nature, takes it upon itself duty bound to make a statement as follows.

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A brief response to MCCBCHST’s Statement

Haji Abdul Rahim Sinwan & Azril Mohd Amin, Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia

This is the unedited version – please excuse any errors.

It is with regret that we must respond to the statement issued by the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) on 5th February 2013. A number of misleading points were made in the statement and this has caused gross misinterpretation of several pertinent aspects on the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation. Continue reading

A brief response to the Malaysian Bar President’s media statement

LGBTIQs? What do these phrases mean? In Indonesia, the “Q” has been publicly called “queer”. What sort of language is THIS for legislation? Even Mr. Lim Chee Wee, President of the Malaysian Bar in his press statement on 3 December 2012, cannot explain the Malaysian meaning of “Q”, which he says is “questioning”. This matter has far transcended natural politics. It has become, in medical terms, morbid. It is a matter for doctors and psychiatrists to address, not politicians.

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