Give Stateless Kids A Future, Lawyers Group Tells Government

Source: FMT News

PETALING JAYA: Lawyers for Liberty has urged the home ministry to resolve the problem of stateless children as their futures are at stake.

Human rights lawyer N Surendran said such cases had been occurring for a long time, yet nothing had been done.

Speaking at a press conference on the wrongful denial of citizenship to young Malaysians, he said there were many children who were born in Malaysia but had been denied their fundamental rights by the government, including the National Registration Department (JPN) and the home ministry.

“Under the Federal Constitution, the children are entitled to citizenship, but their rights have been denied.

“The authorities have breached the law by not following the provision under the Federal Constitution,” he said today. Read more

In action plan, Putrajaya wants human rights balanced with Islam

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, March 12 — The United Nations’ Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) should not be the sole benchmark for human rights, the Malaysian government said in its National Human Rights Action Plan (NHRAP).

Putrajaya said the blueprint towards guaranteeing Malaysians’ human rights was developed with four main references in mind: The Federal Constitution, the UDHR, Malaysian politics and socio-culture and the Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI).

“In the context of Malaysia, the human rights issue especially those involving the role of religion, ethics and culture must be tackled parallel to Islamic teachings and the Federal Constitution.

“Otherwise, it would erode a life of religion and bring about moral ruin among the society,” it said in the plan, under a section detailing the framework of human rights in the country. Read more