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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Islamic NGOs To Submit Proposals Concerning Human Rights To Government

Originally reported here.

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 5 (Bernama) — Over 20 Islamic non-governmental organisations (NGOs) will submit several proposals to the government concerning human rights issues that can threaten the sovereignty of Islam in Malaysia for the universal periodic review (UPR) purposes.

Malaysian Muslim Lawyers Association vice-president Azril Mohd Amin said the UPR would give the opportunity to the ruling government in 192 countries, including Malaysia, to declare the actions that could improve human rights in their respective countries.

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Malaysia’s Muslim youth group urges OIC to take Israel to international court

[Note]: The following news was reported many years ago. But nothing much seems to have been done since then.

BBC Monitoring International Reports | August 02, 2006 | Copyright (From BBC Monitoring International Reports) Excerpt from report in English by Malaysian news agency Bernama website.

Kuala Lumpur, 2 Aug: The Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) Wednesday [2 August] called on the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) to use Article 8 under the Rome Statute to drag Israel to the International Criminal Court (ICC). ABIM International Vice-President Azril Mohd Amin said under the provision, actions could be taken against Israel including stopping its war crimes and pulling out its army from the region. Continue reading

The many faces of Genocide

http://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/206569

How many instances of attempted genocide have we seen since 1900? Some would say the Turks tried to eliminate the Armenians. The Armenians are sure of it. Hitler admittedly tried to eliminate all Jews from the face of the earth. People did not quite believe him until the actual death camps were discovered. If you stand in one of them, for example Auschwitz in Poland, there can be no question what went on there. There can be no question anything ELSE went on there. It is plain as day. Even then, the world didn’t want to believe it. Continue reading

On the contamination of Human Rights

On 14 February 2012, H.E. Ms. Laura Dupuy Lasserre, President of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, received a short communication from the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC) Group on Human Rights and Humanitarian Issues, attempting to explain the OIC’s unanimous opposition to proposed amendments to the UN Universal Declaration of Human rights and the countries’ reservation on the subsequent Panel on “Discrimination and Violence based on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity” which was to be held on 7th of March 2012 during the 19th session of the Human Rights Council. A number of widespread misunderstandings of Islam and its principles were mentioned in responses to this letter as amended to the Website. Continue reading