SUHAKAM critical of raids targeting Shia Muslims
Graphic: A man stands in a mosque, Kuala Lumpur
The right to freely practice any religion should be enjoyed by all people, without fear of reprisal, SUHAKAM said in response to the raids.
The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (SUHAKAM) has criticised raids targeting Shia Muslims, saying their constitutional right to freedom of religion has been violated.
"Unless Malaysian authorities, NGOs and civil society respect and tolerate the religious practices of all persons, we cannot truly profess to be a diverse and multicultural nation," SUHAKAM said in a statement.
Media reports said at least 40 people, including women and children, were arrested in the raids.
The right to freely practice any religion should be enjoyed by all people, without fear of reprisal, SUHAKAM said in the statement.
"SUHAKAM reminds all parties that the right to freely practice any religion is provided by Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.
Citing the influential Amman Message, which recognises the legitimacy of various existing Islamic practices, SUHAKAM said it hoped that "brotherhood and compassion will be the bedrock upon which our society is founded, rather than the reactionary instinct to hate and mistreat others for their differences".
"SUHAKAM is always open to hosting conciliatory dialogue that will contribute to the improvement of intergroup relations and hopes that the Government will take fair and constructive steps towards providing equal rights for all religious groups in Malaysia."
Date: 10 September 2019
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