This World Refugee Day, Let Us Stand In Solidarity #WithRefugees

Tomorrow is World Refugee Day, commemorated annually as such since the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed vide Resolution 55/76 to mark 20 June 2001 as the first such day following the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Indeed, the past few years have seen many forced to flee their homes due to wars and conflicts occurring in various parts of the world, notably Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and Myanmar as well as to escape widespread famine caused by the onslaught of global warming and escalation of climate change happening in places such as India and Africa due to, among others, inaction on the part of governments to mitigate the same ever since the Paris Agreement was agreed in December 2015. According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, climate change will displace hundreds of millions of people by the end of this century, increasing the risk of violent conflict and wiping trillions of dollars off the global economy if further action is not taken soon to mitigate its effects. 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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Press Release | SUHAKAM urges Human Rights Compliance: Surrender or Enrichment?

On 27th December 2013, the Malaysian Bar issued a statement in support of the call by the Malaysian Human Rights Commission (“SUHAKAM”), and its Chairman, Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, for Malaysia to look seriously into accelerating the pace of ratification of the six remaining core United Nations instruments on human rights. I wish to reply to some of the issues mentioned in the statement. Relevant Malaysian Bar’s points in italics, my comments in plain font.

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Cabaran meratifikasi konvensyen-konvensyen Hak Asasi Manusia Sejagat

Pada 10 Disember 2013, bersempena dengan Hari Hak Asasi Manusia pada tahun ini, Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Hak Asasi Manusia (SUHAKAM), Tan Sri Hasmy Agam, telah membuat kenyataan tentang cabaran yang dikemukakan kepada pegawai kerajaan Myanmar untuk bersaing dengan Malaysia di dalam menandatangani dan meratifikasi konvensyen-konvensyen antarabangsa Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM). Continue reading

Kembalinya gerakan LGBT

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PADA 7 Mac 2012, Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (PBB) telah menganjurkan suatu panel perbincangan berkenaan “Diskriminasi dan Keganasan berdasarkan Orientasi Seksual dan Identiti Gender” yang berlangsung sebagai sebahagian acara tahunan sesi ke 19 Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia di  Geneva, Switzerland. Panel tersebut telah mendapat bantahan daripada Kumpulan Negara OIC bagi Hak Asasi Manusia, yang telah mengirim sepucuk surat kepada Presiden Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia PBB, Laura Dupuy Lasserre bagi menyatakan kebimbangan negara-negara OIC terhadap usaha untuk memperkenalkan di dalam Deklarasi Universal Hak Asasi Manusia (UDHR) terma-terma serta standard-standard berkenaan Orientasi Seksual dan identiti Gender (SOGI) yang asing di dalam “bahasa” dan “penerimaan nilai-nilai sejagat” berkenaan hak Lesbian, Gay, Biseksual dan Transeksual.

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Kenyataan Media MuslimUPRo 1 November 2013

Gabungan Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam di dalam Proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat ke Geneva, Switzerland (MuslimUPRo)

Dari 17 hingga 31 Oktober 2013, delegasi rasmi MuslimUPRo seramai 16 orang telah berada di Geneva, Switzerland sebagai sebahagian usaha melobi serta menjadi pemerhati semasa sesi UPR Malaysia berlangsung pada 24 Oktober 2013. Seramai 5 ahli delegasi telah ditauliahkan akreditasi pemerhati dengan status konsultansi NGO ECOSOC manakala 11 lagi sebagai pemerhati biasa.

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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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