Malaysian prime minister said human rights are not for LGBT Watch
Prime Minister Najib Razak said at an international Islamic moderation seminar 2015 in Bangi, Selangor that his administration will do its best to uphold human rights but only within the confines of Islam.
This is in line with the Islamic teaching of balance and moderation (wasatiyyah), he said, adding that Muslim Malaysia cannot defend the more "extreme aspect of human rights", citing lesbian, gay, bisexual and transexual rights for example."
Although universal human rights have been defined, we still define human rights in the country in the context of Islam and the Shariah," he said, according to the Malay Mail.
"Even though it is difficult to defend internationally, we must defend our definition of human rights," the website Malaysiakini said.
"And even if we cannot defend human rights at an international level, we must defend it in the Islamic context," he told the seminar.
Human Rights Watch slams Najib
Human Rights Watch's Asia deputy director Phil Robertson later told a news conference that he was shocked by Najib's promise to uphold human rights only within the Islamic context saying that Kuala Lumpur should withdraw from the United Nations if the government was not serious about upholding human rights for all.
"The logical argument from that would be Malaysia should resign from the UN. Is Malaysia prepared to do that?" he asked.
Robertson said governments only made such statements when they want to abuse human rights and urged human rights advocates to put pressure on the government to stick to its duty as a member of the UN and follow the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
A Malaysian royal family member voice his opinion towards this issue on his blog
The Suhakam Chairman, Hasmy Agam, said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) signed in December 1948 is compatible with Islam (SEE THE NEWS ITEM BELOW). Actually Malaysia is not a signatory to that document because Malaya did not exist until 1957. Malaysia is, however, a signatory to the August 1990 Cairo Declaration on Human Rights in Islam (CDHRI).
Both, though, are not compatible to Islam. So Hasmy Agam is wrong.
For example, Article 18 of the UDHR says that “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.
”Islam does not allow this and neither does Malaysia. Muslims cannot convert to another religion or become an atheist and Christians cannot preach Christianity to Muslims.
Article 6 of the CDHRI says that women are equal to men. In Islam women are not equal to men. You can have one man as a witness but not one woman as a witness. Men can divorce their wives by just saying ‘I divorce you’ while women cannot. The widow, the daughters and the sons do not get equal share of an inheritance. Men can marry four wives but women cannot marry four husbands.
Actually, Islam views wives as the property of the husband. Men can leave the house any time they wish to but if a wife leaves the house without permission the husband can divorce her.
Article 10 of the UDHR says there must not be any detention without trial. Many countries, the US included, do not practice this. Islam is silent on the matter.
Article 12 of the UDHR says, “No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence.” But the religious authorities can enter your home or hotel room and arrest you if you commit what Islam views as a crime such as drinking, gambling, extramarital sex, close proximity, etc.
Article 12 of the CDHRI, however, says, “Every man shall have the right, within the framework of the Sharia, to free movement and to select his place of residence whether within or outside his country and if persecuted, is entitled to seek asylum in another country. The country of refuge shall be obliged to provide protection to the asylum-seeker until his safety has been attained, unless asylum is motivated by committing an act regarded by the Sharia as a crime.”
So that means you only have rights within the Sharia and as long as you do not violate the Sharia. And if you leave Islam and proclaim the Qur’an as a fake book and not from God and that Muhammad was not a prophet but a lunatic, that would be a violation of the Sharia and you would lose your rights.
So tell me, which part of Islam is compatible with universal human rights?
Since when was equal treatment under the law "extreme"?