A brief response to the Malaysian Bar President’s media statement

LGBTIQs? What do these phrases mean? In Indonesia, the “Q” has been publicly called “queer”. What sort of language is THIS for legislation? Even Mr. Lim Chee Wee, President of the Malaysian Bar in his press statement on 3 December 2012, cannot explain the Malaysian meaning of “Q”, which he says is “questioning”. This matter has far transcended natural politics. It has become, in medical terms, morbid. It is a matter for doctors and psychiatrists to address, not politicians.

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Fears LGBTs will be left out of ASEAN rights declaration

[NOTE] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heads of government have formally adopted the first ever ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) at the ASEAN Summit in  Phnom Penh on Nov 18. The declaration did not include ‘recognition of rights’ and ‘protections’ for the LGBTs. Please click here for the news confirmation.

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The Ultimate Confrontation


On 12 September 2012 there will be a Regional Consultation on the Drafting of an ASEAN Human Rights Declaration. There will be attempts by LGBTs, NGOs, and various other activists to include LGBT rights and the right of absolute freedom of religion in the Declaration. Were ASEAN to endorse such rights in the final Declaration, Malaysia as a Muslim-majority country would have to reiterate her strong objections; as such a policy clearly contradicts the principles enshrined in the religion of Islam. Continue reading

2013 Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations Human Rights Council

The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has instituted a procedure to monitor and assist the establishment of its global Human Rights Agenda among member states. It is known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established by the UN General Assembly in 2006 as a process through which the human rights records of the United Nations’ 192 Member States could be reviewed and assessed. This review, conducted through the UN Human Rights Council, is based upon human rights obligations and commitments expressed in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, human rights instruments to which the State is party.

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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

Secular Human Rights: End of the Road

The field of Anthropology begins and ends “on the ground”. Data is now emerging in the modern Malaysian political scene that is finally exposing certain problems in the person of a certain Muslim opposition figure that are leading us to realize the inherent incompatibility of Islamic Human Rights with the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human rights, which many countries signed years ago without realizing the implications to which they would now be leading.

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