Malaysian NGOs rouse Muslims to defend Rohingyas

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GEORGE TOWN: A group of about 20 Muslim NGOs held a protest in Penang today to demand that the world’s superpowers intervene and stop the alleged atrocities on Muslims in the Rakhine province of Myanmar.

Some 1,000 people gathered after Friday prayers outside the Kapitan Kling Mosque here, listening to leaders from the group rousing them to take action to defend the Rohingyas and pressure the Myanmar government to end the violence.

They called on the United Nations (UN) and superpower nations to send military forces to stabilise the region.

Protesters held placards which read “Myanmar police and military are butchers”, “Stop the genocide” and “Stop killing our Rohingya brothers and sisters”. Read more

KL tribunal on Rohingya crisis to hear victims’ testimonies

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PETALING JAYA: A non-governmental tribunal on the conditions of the Rohingyas, Kachins and other reportedly persecuted minorities in Myanmar will be held in Kuala Lumpur later this month.

Organised by the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) and the International Forum on Buddhist-Muslim Relations (BMF), the event will see victims from the communities, providing testimonies on what they have experienced.

In a joint statement today, the three NGOs said the tribunal, with the Rome-based Permanent People’s Tribunal (PPT) acting as its convenor, would be the second and concluding session of proceedings that began in London in March. Read more

Male domestic abuse victims require attention too

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PETALING JAYA: Men should stand up for their own kind, especially for the sake of those among them who are silent victims of domestic abuse.

This is because some men are still reluctant to go to the authorities themselves, despite the rising number of cases involving domestic violence against their gender, Sabah Women’s Action-Resources Group (Sawo) president Winnie Yee said.

“Men should come forward to address this issue and provide support to those who need help.

“Just as women’s organisations like us are providing help to other women, men should do the same,” she told FMT. Read more

Apex court to decide if out-of-wedlock kids can use father’s surname

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PUTRAJAYA: The Federal Court will decide whether the National Registration Department (NRD) can exclude Muslim children who were born out of wedlock from bearing their father’s surname instead of “Abdullah”.

This follows the decision of a three-man bench led by Chief Justice Raus Sharif today to allow leave to appeal the application by Putrajaya.

Lawyer K Shanmuga, who is appearing for a Muslim couple and their son, had objected to the leave application, saying Section 13 of the Births and Deaths Registration Act 1957 (BDRA) applies to all illegitimate children, irrespective of race or religion.

However, Raus who sat with justices Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Aziah Ali, said the apex court would decide on the matter.

The three questions to be answered by the bench during the appeal are: Read more