Individual rights & ecumenism

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SUHAKAM Press Statement: Calls for Malaysians to Stop Racism & Racial Prejudice

The Memorial service for George Floyd was held on 7 June 2020.

George Floyd, a 46-year old African-American man, died on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, as a result of police brutality specifically due to compression of his neck and back while he was lying face down handcuffed on the street. Read more »

CFM Urges Continued Prayer For Pastor Raymond Koh And Other Missing Persons

As we approach the first anniversary of the violent abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh from the streets of Petaling Jaya on 13 February 2017, the Christian Federation of Malaysia urges churches and Christians to continue to look to God in prayer and to seek a closure to this dastardly act on a servant of God.

Let us in the coming days go before Almighty God to make intercession before Him that Pastor Raymond Koh may be found and be reunited with his family. Read more »

CFM Against Shrinking Public Space For Religious Expression And Increasing Religious Repression

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) has observed with deep concern the ever-shrinking public space for religious expression in Malaysia.

The CFM also notes the worrying trend of curbing freedom of religious expressions without prior consultation with stakeholders.

The overall environment of religious acceptance and understanding deteriorates as the country is dragged from one incident of intolerance to another. Read more »

AOHD & CLS Co-Organise Women Empowerment Symposium

The Women’s Desk of the Archdiocesan Office for Human Development and the Catholic Lawyers Society organised the inaugural ‘Women’s Empowerment Symposium’ at Premiere Hotel, Klang.

The symposium began with Mass which was celebrated by Fr. Jestus Pereira.

After a brief tea break, the first session of the symposium entitled ‘Am I a Malaysian by law?’ took place. Read more »

Perpaduan Anak Negeri Sabah: Papar “Mamangis”

It is by God’s grace that we are gathered here today, to continue raising our “Mamangkis” as Anak Negeri of this land.

We thank God for the unity of the churches in voicing out our common concerns.

Indeed, we are at the crossroad of many internal and external challenges to us as a multiracial and multi-religious society and as a Christian community. Read more »

Irene Fernandez, Champion Of The Oppressed In Malaysia, Dies At 67

Irene Fernandez, a champion of the oppressed in Malaysia whose indefatigable advocacy for better treatment of foreign migrant workers prompted her government to denounce her as a traitor and human rights groups to shower her with awards, died on March 25 in Serdang, Malaysia. She was 67.

The cause was heart failure, Human Rights Watch said. Read more »

UN Expert Urges Malaysia To Reverse Restriction Of 'Allah' To Muslims

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, has urged Malaysia's government to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word "Allah" to refer to God.

Bielefeldt warned Monday that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country. Read more »

Bar Council: Allowing Refugees And Asylum Seekers Access To Lawful Employment Positive Step

The Malaysian Bar welcomes the statement by the Minister of Home Affairs Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, as reported in the news media, that refugees would be trained in order for them to seek employment whilst they remain in Malaysia awaiting resettlement to a third country or voluntary repatriation to their country of origin.

For far too long refugees and asylum seekers in Malaysia have been forced to fend for themselves and to feed their families by working illicitly and in the shadows, with no legal protection. Read more »

California University President Apologizes After Student Ordered To Remove Cross Necklace

A student at Sonoma State University was ordered by her supervisor to remove her cross necklace while she was working at an orientation for new students.

Audrey Jarvis, 19, was told “that she could not wear her cross necklace because it might offend others, it might make incoming students feel unwelcome, or it might cause incoming students to feel that ASP [Associated Students Productions] was not an organization they should join,” her attorney said. Read more »

Prison Department Denies Confiscation Of Bibles

A press statement was issued by Abdul Kadir Rais of the Sarawak Prison Department (SPD) on 2 May 2013, dismissing the allegation that Malay and Iban language Bibles have been confiscated from a prison in Sibu, Sarawak.

Earlier on April 29, 2013, Free Malaysia Today (FMT) reported that Malay and Iban-language bibles with the word ‘Allah’ have been confiscated from Sibu prison in Sarawak. Read more »

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