COMANGO’s siege mentality

It is now less than 8 hours before Malaysia goes under review of her human rights record in the UPR process at the Human Rights Council, Geneva.

I have read an article by Honey Tan of COMANGO’s secretariat (here’s the full link) and, as has happened before, was initially impressed with her commendable writing skills. Then, as has also happened before, I watched her unravel a bit as she descended into ‘emotional’ remarks.

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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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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

MuslimUPRo’s Media Statement 1st October 2013

Malaysia‘s Second Evaluation under the Universal Periodic Review Process, Human Rights Council, Geneva

The coalition of Islamic NGOs in the UPR process (MuslimUPRo) will be sending a small delegation of observers to the UPR session involving Malaysia at the Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland on 24th October 2013. Prior to this, it was the first time that the Islamic Non-Government Organisations were officially invited by Wisma Putra, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, to attend a consultancy process for the preparation of a Malaysian national report to the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Continue reading

Why and By Whom is Marriage being Redefined?

Young adult men’s support for redefining marriage may not be entirely the product of ideals about expansive freedoms, rights, liberties, and fairness. It may be, in part, a by-product of regular exposure to diverse and graphic sex acts.” The scholarly studies that have produced this statement are reported here. This is important research in the Social Sciences that needs to be brought to the attention of the United Nations Human Rights Council and the proponents of the 2006 Yogyakarta Principles, which tend to assume that their infamous “Human Rights” fully supports gay rights and pro-choice reproductive freedoms (in other words, free abortion). Continue reading

Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia demands Egypt ICC referral

The Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia expresses its utmost shock and grief on the ongoing massacre in Egypt, perpetuated on peaceful demonstrators from among civilians, who call for the restoration of a democratically elected government and fight against injustice. We find such killings and brutality against civilians inhumane and disgraceful indeed. Continue reading

LGBT rights: The Challenge for Malaysia

The present-day difficulties experienced by the Malaysian public is that the sexual deviants are coming “out of the closet”. The primary manifestation is in the demand for public parades, the call to abolish “archaic” anti-sodomy laws in the Penal Code, demonstrations, legalizing same-sex marriage and other activities to make sexual deviance seem to be a perfectly natural aspect of human rights and behaviour.

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