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As peer review nears, NGOs hopeful Putrajaya will meet rights pledges (The Malay Mail Online)


My comment on Malaysian human rights NGOs hopes for the Malaysian government’s review under the Universal Periodic Review process:

Two Comango members who stayed back in Malaysia told The Malay Mail Online in an interview this week that an important issue addressed in the report is the politicisation of religion.

“The reason why this is such a big issue, is it affects many issues. It affects women’s rights, children’s rights, freedom of religion, minority rights, et cetera,” said Yu Ren Chung, advocacy officer for Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO).

“If anything, we’re challenging the stranglehold the government has on religion,” Yu added, refuting claims from some Muslim NGOs ― which have banded under the name MuslimUPRo ― that Comango is trying to challenge the position of Islam in the nation.

Read the full article published in The Malay Mail Online on 24 October 2013.


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