Human rights not coined in heaven

By Dr Wan Azhar Wan Ahmad
Senior Fellow/Director, Centre for
Syariah, Law & Political Science, Ikim

Islam was the first universal religion guaranteeing human rights. This fact is reflected in the Medina Charter, written and ratified 1,400 years

IN THE middle of July, I attended a dialogue on human civil and political rights at the office of the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam). I have some observations to share.

It is no exaggeration to say it would appear that the current discourse on human rights has been regarded by certain quarters as the most sacred thing, to the extent that should it come into conflict with any other human interest – be it religious, ethical or legal – the former must always prevail.

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