The 5th Meeting of Istanbul Process

The 5th Meeting of Istanbul Process

Key Points of Moderators’ summary of the 5th Meeting of Istanbul Process for the “full and effective implementation of UN HRC Resolution 16/18”

In continuation of the previous four constructive meetings, the 5th Meeting of the Istanbul Process was held in the Headquarters of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, from 3-4 June 2015 to consider the full and effective implementation of UN HRC Resolution 16/18. Continue reading

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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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As we head into 2015

All of us long for a Human Rights environment that will be loving and inclusive bereft of millions of stateless or hungry people. Muslims, would add to that a wish that it be shariah-compliant; yet so often we are blamed for Human Rights abuses, as are other ethnic and religious groups, which is only a red herring and not the problem. The problem is first one of political and economic dysfunction. It would seem that most Human Rights difficulties derive ultimately from unjust economics and income inequality, as recognized by top commentators. Continue reading

Massacre of Muslims continues as we approach ‘Human Rights Day’

Somewhere between the end of the World Wars, Russian, American, Chinese and European victors carved up the defeated world according to their view of a fair distribution of valuable natural resources, and NOT according to the wishes of the populations themselves. The vested interests thus created have controlled global mineral and other resources and have defined any resistance to these borders as “sedition” or else “terror tactics”. Specifically, Muslim minority populations in Southeast Asian countries have suffered these pejoratives and been penalised. Continue reading

Malaysia on the United Nations Security Council

The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) wishes to extend its heartiest congratulations on the Prime Minister’s recent efforts, now crowned with success, to win Malaysia a non-permanent seat of the United Nations Security Council.

CENTHRA welcomes this invaluable opportunity to work together with the global powers on a host of pressing and complex issues. The entire Human Race now faces a universal threat of terrorism, in itself a nightmare almost unimaginable to the common man before 9/11.

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UNHRC Resolution on SOGI

It may (or may not) be true that a free and fair election is vital to the proper control of human leadership. However, the recent United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) vote on sexual deviation cannot be accepted on that basis.

A little-recognized fact of historical precedence was in 423 CE, when the Emperor Constantine convened the First Council of Nicaea and ordered them to come up with a unified theology that he could impose fully on his subjects. At that Council, the so-called “divinity of Jesus” was established by a vote of 60%, while 40% of the collected religious leaders (priests, etc.) did not agree to propagate the doctrine that Jesus was the Son of God.

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Culture-bound Human Rights

Anthropologists have long known that some forms of knowledge will inevitably be bound or limited by the culture in which they work. The use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims in Malaysia is one such issue. One culture-bound reason is that about forty percent of the Malaysian populace are non-Muslims. Therefore, Muslims are under constant pressure from the normal criticisms of non-Muslims to Muslim practice and belief.

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Rohingya: Victims of False Borders

There was a time in recent history that the USA became a haven of hope for many downtrodden minorities of European kingdoms. When these immigrants sacrificed and struggled to arrive in the USA, they adopted the “melting pot” approach to culture. It did not matter where you came from, because “all men are created equal”. Even today, American domestic laws forbid the collecting of racial information in employment or other personal documents. Continue reading