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MACSA in Publications

MACSA's advocacy works have been recognized by many including in the followings: YB Senator Puan Asmak Binti Husin in Parliamentary Debate on 3 September 2018. The Hansard from Dewan Negara can be downloaded here: DN-03092018. YB Senator Datuk Wira Marzuki Bin Yahya in Parliamentary Debate on 5 September 2018. The Hansard from Dewan Negara can be downloaded here: DN-05092018. Resolution to 'Wacana Kesejagatan Ummah 2018' held by Jabatan Mufti Negeri Perak on 6 September 2018. The Resolution can be downloaded here: Resolusi Wacana Kesejagatan Ummah 2018. Report Ministry of Foreign Affairs by Foreign Policy Framework of the New Malaysia: Change in Continuity (2019). The Policy Framework can be downloaded here: Foreign Policy Framework. Sarune Beh, Dr Nurhidayah Abdullah &...

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SUHAKAM: A Look at Rights and What Religious Communities in Malaysia Can Take Onboard

It is common amongst many factors to see an appeal to human rights or international human rights norms as the justification for LGBTQ and gender equality. It seems in our modern or post-modern society, human rights or rights claims rest much on what is taken for granted as “rights order”. And much of the rights order enunciate rights and laws that must be taken as very much the norms which must never be questioned. The recent research proposal by the Malaysian human rights commission, SUHAKAM entitled, “The Feasibility of Having Legislation on the Recognition of a Third Gender” has occasioned an examination into this point. The objective of the research is to identify the feasibility of having legislation on legal gender recognition in Malaysia with the scope of the research encompas...

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Highlighting Israel’s role in the making of refugees

Some 1,500 Palestinians, mostly refugees from the 1967 war, are facing a new expulsion order from the neighbourhood of Silwan in Occupied East Jerusalem, making them refugees twice over. It seems appropriate, on World Refugee Day tomorrow, to consider Israel's contribution to what has become an unprecedented global crisis of mass displacement. I am not just talking about the 85 per cent of the indigenous population of Palestine driven out of their homes in 1948, nor am I only talking about the approximately 6 million Palestinian refugees in the world today, nor either the tens of thousands of internally displaced families within Gaza rendered homeless by Israeli airstrikes. No, indeed; Israel has been a refugee creation machine on a far grander scale than just the Palestinians. ...

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LGBTQ ancam identiti anak-anak – Nur Farihah Meor Mazli

KELAKUAN terdesak segelintir aktivis hak asasi manusia sesuai diibaratkan seperti burung terbang dipipiskan lada apabila terbongkar rancangan licik mereka untuk menormalisasikan elemen lesbian, gay, biseksual, transgender dan ‘queer’ (LGBTQ) di sekolah. Pemilik akaun laman sosial Instagram dengan nama ‘Sekolah Semua’ baru-baru ini telah menganjurkan sebuah program sembang santai yang membicarakan tentang keupayaan kerajaan untuk memastikan hak pendidikan buat pengamal homoseksualiti antara lain, dipelihara. Dakwaan si tetamu jemputan bahawa sekolah telah gagal menjadi institusi yang selamat buat para pelajar hanya kerana terdapat kes-kes buli terhadap individu berperwatakan lembut dan kurang ‘jantan’ adalah satu tuduhan liar dan berat sebelah. Kenyataan penuh dangkal terserlah apabila a...

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Adopt a humane approach to migrants – Azril Mohd Amin

Malaysia has always had a human rights record that withstands scrutiny, in particular, that of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) during its Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a unique process that involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN member states once every four years. The tolerance and openness that defines us as an economically stable, politically savvy as well as a democratic nation are ones looked upon by others with envy and it is only natural that we want to build on this by bidding for a seat at the UNHRC next year. This record, particularly in the arena of migrant rights, deserves greater attention in light of the Covid-19 pandemic which has affected all of us, both citizen and migrant. Malaysia’s Covid-19 problem is not a migrant problem, ...

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Time for Palestinian narrative to take centre stage – Wan Roslili Abd Majid

"THERE were villages. There were cities. There was Palestinian society before 1948. We do exist," said Edward Said, a Palestinian American intellectual, thinker, political activist and literary critic born in Jerusalem. As one of the few who properly framed the Palestine-Israel issue, Said used his writings to fight for Palestinians' rights throughout his life. The article "Permission to Narrate", which he wrote in February 1984, described what he felt was most denied to Palestinians. It is the right to narrate about Palestinians that has constantly been denied by the international media. Consequently, Palestianians were not able to communicate their history and stories to a world controlled by a Zionist narrative of Palestine, aiming at creating the conviction that it is a homeland ...

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Palestine narrative finally heard – Azril Mohd Amin

In the first instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean film, there is a scene where Will Turner, portrayed by Orlando Bloom, takes umbrage when Captain Jack Sparrow, ably portrayed by Johnny Depp, tells the former that his late father was a pirate. Upon expressing his indignation and insisting that his late father was a good respectable man who obeyed the law, Turner is almost cast overboard and warned by Sparrow that there are only two sorts of rules that really matter, namely what one can do and what can't do. I have come to appreciate this scene, having so often encountered the very same situation in my dealings with the United Nations (UN). Most activists involved in human rights work are aware that just like in the movie, there are some matters in which the UN can do somethi...

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Sex Work Is Not Work, It’s Oppression – Nur Farihah Meor Mazli

On 27 March 2021, Dr Madeline Berma made a statement on her Facebook page (which has since been deleted), which detailed her paper on the ‘Human Rights of Sex Workers in Malaysia’. It is appalling that a commissioner for human rights in Malaysia has fallen hook, line and sinker for the deception created by the multi-billion-dollar sexual exploitation industry which was built upon the backs of the bodies of real women and girls who have been raped, assaulted, trafficked and murdered. Let us be frank here. Even the term ‘sex worker’ is one which has been created and popularised to lend some sort of euphemistic ‘dignity’ and the illusion of choice to prostitution and other forms of sex work including that of pornography. This is a powerful industry with much to lose should human beings come t...

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Hormati Program Penghantaran Pulang 1200 Warga Myanmar – PENGGERAK Malaysia

Penggerak Malaysia menerima makluman bahawa Program penghantaran 1200 Warga Myanmar yang ditahan di depot tahanan imigresen tidak termasuk pemegang kad UNHCR dan etnik Rohingya. Selaku Pertubuhan Hak Asasi Manusia Malaysia, Penggerak Malaysia menghormati dan memandang baik usaha Pihak Kerajaan khususnya Pihak Imigresen di dalam menangani permasalahan pati di Negara kita. Apatah lagi ketika Negara dilanda pandemik covid19 dan kesesakan yang berlaku di Depot Tahanan Imigresen akan memburukkan lagi keadaan dan nasib Warga Myanmar yang ditahan di sana. Penghantaran pulang Warga Myanmar ini, kami lihat sebagai satu langkah yang wajar diambil oleh Pihak Kerajaan. Kebijaksanaan Pihak Kerajaan dan Negara diserlahkan dengan tidak melibatkan Warga Myanmar yang diiktiraf oleh UNHCR selaku

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Kerajaan Persekutuan dan Negeri Perlu Segera Perkasakan Syariat Islam – Pertubuhan Hijrah Republique Network

Pertubuhan Hijrah Republique Network menggesa kerajaan Persekutuan serta Negeri – Negeri di Malaysia supaya memperkasakan syariat Islam dengan berusaha untuk meminda mana-mana akta atau peraturan yang bercanggah dengan syariat Islam dengan kadar segera. Ini termasuk percanggahan undang-undang sedia ada dengan hukum Allah SWT khususnya hukum-hukum seperti kesalahan seks luar tabii, minum arak, berzina dan lain-lain . Kami berpandangan ia amat penting kerana Malaysia adalah sebuah negara yang berpotensi untuk mendahului negara lain dalam pelaksanaan hukum syariah yang sempurna. Gesaan ini disuarakan bertujuan mengambil kira keputusan penghakiman Mahkamah Persekutuan semalam mengenai kes Iki Putra Mubarak melawan Kerajaan Negeri Selangor bahawa Seksyen 28 Enakmen Jenayah Syariah Nege...

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