Text of Speech at Asian Youth Forum 26 February 2016

Text of Speech at Asian Youth Forum 26 February 2016

PEACE, DEMOCRACY AND REGIONAL PARTNERSHIP TOWARDS THE REALISATION OF THE SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS

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

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

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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