SHAH ALAM, 10 Jan: The Coalition of Malaysian Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) in the Universal Periodic Review Process (COMANGO) denied the Ministry of Home Affair’s (MOHA) allegations that they are fighting for rights that deviate from Islam.
The coalition, in a statement quoted from Malaysia Kini, said that the MOHA’s ban is not done in accordance Section 5 of the Societies Act 1966 and that they will file a judicial review at the High Court to quash the declaration.
COMANGO said that they are appalled that the government is using Islam as a political tool to silence criticism of human rights violations and to demonise human rights defenders.
COMANGO stressed that none of their work has been contrary to the Federal Constitution, human rights principles or Malaysia’s own human rights commitment as a member state of the UN.
The coalition also stressed that all UN member states, including Muslim countries, are taking part in the review process which will involve respective human rights records.
Comango pointed out that as Malaysia was attempting to be a member of the United Nations Security Council, Putrajaya could not be part of some UN processes and disavow others.
The coalition said that the UPR process is a peer-review mechanism designed to prompt, support and expand the promotion of human rights to be enjoyed, with the goal of improving human rights situation in every country.
Therefore, Putrajaya’s action through the Home Ministry is a direct violation of this objective and violates our rights to freedom of expression and association.