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

Malaysia’s 2nd Evaluation under the Universal Periodic Review, 24th October 2013

Malaysia is fast approaching the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) session, to be held on October 24, 2013 at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. There were some reports sent individually to the Council by bodies such as the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the Bar Council, the International Commission of Jurists as well as other human rights-based NGOs. However, the contents of the COMANGO (a coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR process) report form the bulk of the demands contained in the documents used as a point of reference for Malaysia’s human rights record this time around. 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

Ahli Parlimen Muslim diminta dedahkan kandungan taklimat UPR oleh COMANGO

Pada 11 Julai 2013 lalu, suatu sesi taklimat bagi ahli-ahli parlimen telah diadakan oleh Gabungan NGO Malaysia bagi Proses UPR (COMANGO) di bangunan Parlimen. Sesi taklimat tersebut telah dipengerusikan oleh Yang Berhormat Chua Tian Chang, ahli parlimen Batu, dan dihadiri beberapa wakil NGO Hak Asasi Manusia (HAM), di antaranya Honey Tan (COMANGO report), Angela Kukathas (SOGI report – Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity), Masjaliza Hamzah (CIJ report – Centre of Independent Journalism) Daniel Lo (MWG report by CAMSA, Coalition to Abolish Modern-day Slavery in Asia) dan Andrew Khoo (Majlis Peguam Malaysia). Continue reading

Muslims Must Lead the Future

This letter was published in the New Straits Times today.

Malaysia has managed to escape the ravages to governance that has now struck a number of Muslim countries, most lately in what is being called the “Arab Spring“. The problems being face are related to the western plunder of earth resources, such as oil and natural gas that are vital to maintaining the vaunted western “style of life”. Continue reading

Kenyataan Media Persatuan Peguam Muslim Malaysia (PPMM) 20 November 2012 │ 6 Muharam 1434

PENEGASAN MALAYSIA MENOLAK HAK-HAK LGBT DI DALAM DEKLARASI HAK ASASI MANUSIA ASEAN DIALU-ALUKAN

Pada 19 November 2012, beberapa media perdana tempatan telah melaporkan tentang perisytiharan Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia ASEAN yang telah disepakati dan ditandatangani seluruh kepimpinan Negara-negara ASEAN. Sangat menarik khususnya apabila media turut melaporkan pendirian pucuk kepimpinan Malaysia yang menolak perkara mengenai hak Lesbian, Gay, Biseksual dan Transgender (LGBT) di dalam Deklarasi tersebut. Continue reading