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

Kenyataan Media MuslimUPRo 14 Januari 2014

Delegasi MuslimUPRo kini sedang berada di Geneva, Switzerland untuk meneruskan agenda melobi NGO-NGO Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) dan misi perwakilan negara-negara anggota PBB menjelang penerimaan muktamad (final adoption) syor-syor kepada Malaysia semasa sesi ke 17 Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) yang akan diadakan pada bulan Mac 2014. Continue reading

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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The new ‘human rights-ism’

Anthony Julius, a Manchester Guardian columnist makes the following comment in his article “Human Rights: the new secular religion:

“This new ‘human rights-ism’ accords great value to the United Nations – notwithstanding its inability to enforce its decisions, and its refusal to make practical demands of its members to be democratic or respect the human rights of their citizens.”

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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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Memorandum MuslimUPRo 22 Oktober 2013

MEMORANDUM GABUNGAN PERTUBUHAN-PERTUBUHAN ISLAM DI DALAM PROSES UPR (MuslimUPRo)

22 Oktober 2013M bersamaan 17 Dzulhijjah 1434H

Gabungan Pertubuhan-pertubuhan Islam di dalam Proses Semakan Berkala Sejagat (UPR) Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia atau ringkasnya MuslimUPRo telah digagaskan sebagai salah satu usaha untuk memantau NGO-NGO Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM) dan pertubuhan-pertubuhan sekular-liberal yang menggunakan saluran Gabungan NGO Malaysia di dalam Proses UPR (COMANGO), untuk menuntut perkara-perkara yang mencabar kedudukan Islam sebagai agama Negara melalui Proses Semakan Berpenggal Sejagat (UPR) Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia HRC (UN) di Geneva, Switzerland yang akan melibatkan Malaysia pada 24 Oktober 2013. Continue reading

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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