Attack on increased jurisdiction of Syariah courts unconstitutional and an affront to religious liberty

Attack on increased jurisdiction of Syariah courts unconstitutional and an affront to religious liberty

Published in The Malay Mail Online. June 1 — The Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (CENTHRA) reads with deep concern the joint statement by the Joint Action Group for Gender Equality (JAG) with regards to the Private Member’s Bill tabled by YB Dato’ Seri Haji Abdul Hadi Awang, Member of Parliament for Marang seeking to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Amended 1984) to enable the increase of punishments meted out by the Syariah courts (Increasing powers of Syariah Courts may lead to rights violations, MalaysiaKini, 31 May 2016). Continue reading

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Ties that bind Islam and Moderation

Note: Joint statement by Datuk Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar, president, Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia; Tuan Musa Awang, president, Persatuan Peguam Syarie Malaysia; and Azril Mohd Amin, chief executive, Centre For Human Rights Research & Advocacy. Published in the New Straits Times, and reported in BERNAMA

HAVING read the letter written by the 25 eminent people entitled “Need for Consultative Process” in an English newspaper dated Dec 8, we, a group comprising concerned bodies and on behalf of our members, felt compelled to respond to the disturbing statements raised in the said letter. Continue reading

Moving forward to strengthen the position of Islam under the Federal Constitution

Jointly written by Hj. Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla[1], Hj. Abdul Rahim Sinwan[2] and Azril Mohd Amin[3]

This paper intends to discuss the position of Islam within the Federal Constitution with regards to matrimonial disputes involving non-Muslim couples, married under the civil law, wherein one of the spouses converts to Islam. It will be proposed throughout this paper that the approach in resolving the nature of these disputes shall be by applying the necessary Syariah principles through the Syariah Court system, as opposed to the Civil law system. It will also be proposed that this approach is within the literal as well as spiritual intent of our Federal Constitution.

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Perjuangan Hak Wanita di Mahkamah Syariah

Artikel ini merupakan tulisan yang pernah diterbitkan di akhbar Utusan Malaysia, dan diambil dari sumber arkib  bertarikh 06/11/2000 di sini.

PENTADBIRAN undang-undang syariah di Malaysia berada dalam tumpuan akhir-akhir ini, khususnya apabila timbul beberapa isu hangat yang melibatkan hak-hak wanita.

Selari dengan hal ini, perjuangan memartabatkan kedudukan wanita sebagai pemangkin kemajuan negara menjadi semakin matang dengan wujudnya isu-isu sebegini dan beberapa isu lain. Namun begitu, perspektif terhadap kredibiliti institusi Mahkamah Syariah menjadi agak negatif akhir-akhir ini apabila berlakunya jumlah kes-kes yang tertangguh, ditambah pula dengan kewujudan rasa tidak puas hati di kalangan mereka yang mengharapkan keadilan cepat dan tegas daripada institusi ini.

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