Gaza: What is in Front of Us to Do?

Dear Family & Friends,

I believe that many of us have been emotionally disturbed over the atrocious acts of violence being committed by Israeli forces against innocent civilians, particularly children, in Gaza, Palestine. More than that, personally I have been disturbed by the apathetic response from the majority of the Muslim countries, not to mention OIC’s deafening silence and IPHRC‘s inaction. It makes me feel very lonely, which has only added to my feelings of powerlessness.

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CENTHRA berlandaskan acuan Islam

Pusat Penyelidikan dan Advokasi Hak Asasi Manusia, (Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy) atau ringkasnya CENTHRA yang telah mula berfungsi semenjak 1 Mei lalu adalah bukti permuafakatan pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam Bukan Kerajaan (NGI) dan selesainya giliran Malaysia membuat penerimaan akhir di pusingan kedua Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) di Geneva, Switzerland pada bulan Mac 2014. Idea penubuhan CENTHRA diasaskan pada keperluan mendesak untuk menyediakan rangka pemikiran dan strategi jangka panjang kefahaman dan tindakan memperbaiki keadaan hak asasi manusia di Malaysia yang menurut perspektif serta pandangan alam Islam. CENTHRA yang didaftarkan sebagai sebuah entiti tidak berorientasikan keuntungan, berfungsi sebagai medium penyelidikan dan advokasi yang terlibat secara langsung dalam menangani isu-isu hak asasi manusia di peringkat nasional, serantau dan khususnya di peringkat Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia, Pertubuhan Bangsa-bangsa Bersatu (UNHRC) di Geneva. Continue reading

Pemerkasaan pendekatan IPHRC

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Suruhanjaya Tetap Bebas Hak Asasi Manusia (IPHRC) yang dianggotai 18 negara Pertubuhan Kerjasama Islam (OIC) telah direalisasikan penubuhannya pada bulan Jun 2011 bagi mencari langkah pemerkasaan hak asasi manusia dari perspektif Islam. Malaysia, selain Turki dan Indonesia, merupakan anggota yang aktif dan menonjol telah turut menyumbang secara berkesan segi pendekatan yang berupaya meningkatkan taraf pencapaian hak asasi manusia di kalangan negara-negara anggota OIC. Continue reading

Keruntuhan gerakan hak asasi manusia sekular

Ketika menutup Kongres NGO Islam di Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) 28 Mei lalu, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Yang Amat Berhormat Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin telah buat sekian kalinya menegaskan sikap konsisten kerajaan Malaysia dalam mendepani ancaman fahaman hak asasi manusia yang melampaui batas keagamaan. Menurut Muhyiddin, “Paling ketara adalah wacana mengenai hak asasi manusia yang membawa nilai-nilai pemikiran sekular-liberal Barat yang berbeza dengan konsep hak asasi manusia di dalam Islam”. Beliau juga menegaskan bahawa wacana itu telah mempromosi beberapa kepercayaan mengenai hak asasi manusia yang terpesong daripada landasan agama, termasuk kepercayaan terhadap hak individu tanpa batas yang bertentangan dengan nilai dan prinsip akidah Islam dan menyemarakkan tuntutan-tuntutan batil songsang yang mahukan kebebasan mengamalkan gaya hidup LGBT. Continue reading

CENTHRA: Towards an equitable and just human rights foundation

The idea of human rights has an extensive history, but only in the past century has the global community pursued to galvanize a regime to promote and protect them. In particular, since the United Nations (UN) was founded in 1945, world leaders have collaborated to codify human rights in a universally recognized regime of treaties, institutions, and norms. Among the Muslim-majority nations, most recently, in June 2011, the Organisation of Islāmic Cooperation (OIC) established the Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission, with the aim to “advance human rights” and “support the Member States’ efforts to merge civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.” These recent developments call for Islāmic Non-Governmental Organizations (NGIs) to articulate the Islāmic views on human rights to offer alternate views to the global human rights movement.

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CENTHRA: Towards broadening the human rights debate

The “Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy”, or CENTHRA, has been established by the Coalition of Islamic NGOs (NGIs) in the UPR process (MuslimUPRO) as a full-fledged “think tank” focusing on human rights from the Islāmic perspective. The Centre’s primary objective is to provide a proper platform to articulate Malaysia’s model of human rights, while generalizing as well to the broader perspective of defense of the human rights debate within all non-secular cultures. These non-secular cultures are statistically in the majority, after all, within the human community. Continue reading

Beyond COMANGO’s demands

Best-selling sociologist Ivan Illich wrote a short classic on energy problems fifty years ago, where he analyzed and proposed what he called “Energy and Equity”. By this he hoped that the earth’s energy resources would be distributed evenly and fairly among all of civilization. Barring long-sought breakthroughs in the engineering of nuclear fusion power (promising unlimited energy for everyone), this dream has not come close to being fulfilled. We now have the same problem in the fair protection of human rights for the entire human race. Continue reading

MuslimUPRo welcomes new OIC Secretary General

Dr. Iyad Amin Madani, the OIC’s new Secretary General, has issued a welcome and concise statement on human rights issues at a recent meeting of the OIC IPHRC (Independent Permanent Human Rights Commission). Noting the urgent need for a form of measurement of the distance between the Islamic model of human rights and local laws and practices of various UN member countries, he details a number of specific matters in which the United Nations Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) has gone well beyond Islamic limitations, even though most OIC countries take part in the UDHR. Continue reading