The new ‘human rights-ism’

Anthony Julius, a Manchester Guardian columnist makes the following comment in his article “Human Rights: the new secular religion:

“This new ‘human rights-ism’ accords great value to the United Nations – notwithstanding its inability to enforce its decisions, and its refusal to make practical demands of its members to be democratic or respect the human rights of their citizens.”

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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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Notes from Geneva – 19th October 2013

From Geneva, Switzerland, I bid you Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh.

Alhamdulillah, we have safely arrived via Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, after a 13-hours flight from Kuala Lumpur.

Friday afternoon was just a chance to settle down with the hotel check-in and visit the registration desk to collect the security pass for entry into the United Nations Building, or popularly known as Palais Des Nations. Security is strict for entry to the building for the session.

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Muslim NGOs to observe Malaysia’s session in UN

Source: The Star Online

KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Muslim non-governmental organisations is heading for the United Nations to observe the review of the Malaysian Government’s human rights record. The Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for Malaysia is set for Oct 24, four years after the first in 2009.

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Pertahankan kedaulatan Islam di sesi Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) 2013

Mereka yang mengikuti perkembangan proses Sesi Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR), Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (UNHRC), pasti pernah membaca berita yang dilaporkan beberapa media Barat mengenai tindakan Israel menarik diri seketika dari proses UPR pada bulan Januari 2013 yang lalu. Israel telah mendakwa wujud sikap “double standard dan berat sebelah”, yang menyebabkan proses tersebut “dieksploitasi” kumpulan-kumpulan seperti Liga Arab, Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) dan NGO-NGO tertentu untuk menekan dan mensasarkan rekod buruk hak asasi manusia (HAM) Israel, khususnya berkaitan penganiayaan dan penzaliman mereka terhadap masyarakat awam Palestin. Continue reading

Strenghtening the Muslim position at the Universal Periodic Review

Article 3(1) of the Malaysian Federal Constitution states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation”. It has long been misconstrued as a mere official declaration. As a matter of fact, it designates Islam as the religion of the nation. It goes right to the heart of the federation, her raison detre. Continue reading

Malaysia’s 2nd Evaluation under the Universal Periodic Review, 24th October 2013

Malaysia is fast approaching the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session, to be held on October 24, 2013 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. There were some reports sent individually to the Council by bodies such as the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Bar Council, the International Commission of Jurists as well as other human rights-based NGOs. However, the contents of the COMANGO (a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR process) report form the bulk of the demands contained in the documents used as a point of reference for Malaysia’s human rights record this time around. Continue reading

Mensyukuri Keputusan 22 Ogos, Bersedia Menghadapi 10 September

Kenyataan Media Pertubuhan-Pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) 23 Ogos 2013 oleh Dr. Yusri Mohamad, Pengerusi PEMBELA

Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Pembela Islam (PEMBELA) yang merupakan antara gabungan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam utama di Malaysia ingin merakamkan setinggi kesyukuran ke hadrat Allah dan mengalu-alukan keputusan Mahkamah Rayuan dalam kes nama suci Allah SWT semalam. Mahkamah telah menolak permohonan pihak Archbishop Roman Katolik Kuala Lumpur yang cuba untuk mengenepikan rayuan pihak Kerajaan, Majlis-majlis Agama Islam dan NGO Islam terhadap keputusan Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi sebelum ini yang membenarkan penggunaan nama suci Allah SWT oleh orang bukan Islam. Continue reading