UPR stands for Universal Periodic Review. It is a process to review how far all the countries that are members of the United Nations follow the demands made by the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
This year, our country, Malaysia will be reviewed by UNHRC. I think Malaysia is a very peaceful and fair country where all minority races are not being discriminated by our government.
Must all the United Nations members agree to all of the UNHRC demands? I feel that not every country needs to be the same as other countries and follow the same universal rules because every country and its citizen is unique and has different needs and values.
For example, Malaysia is an Islamic country while Roman Catholicism is the official religion of Monaco and Argentina. So, they are all different and each country has different social values and ways of live.
So, is it fair if we want all the countries in this world to follow a set of universal rules and values agreed by other countries whose needs and values are different? I think that not only it is wrong, in fact, it is against the human rights to force a country to accept any value or rule which is not suitable for the local people of the country, against their social values, religions or can cause lots of problems to the country. And it is not right to force a country to agree on something that is actually against their Constitutions and rules of laws.
Photographer Christopher Boffoli had photographed a collection of wonderful photo featuring tiny, hand-painted figures photographed against real food environments.
He photographed them as if they were climbing some rock candy, collecting salts, went to a linguine car wash and others.
Aren’t they cute?
(Please click the photos for larger images)
Dalam menghadapi tuntutan-tuntutan COMANGO (klik untuk baca) dalam proses UPR (baca: Apa itu UPR? di sini) kita cuba lihat ketegasan pendirian kerajaan Malaysia sebelum ini apabila isu yang sama dibangkitkan.
Sebagai contoh, pendirian kerajaan Malaysia adalah konsisten bersama Kumpulan OIC bagi hak Asasi Manusia semasa menolak Resolusi 17/19 PBB berkenaan hak-hak LGBT serta menarik diri dari Panel berkaitan Hak-hak berdasarkan Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity (SOGI) di Majlis Hak Asasi Manusia, Geneva, Switzerland 14 Februari 2012.
Malaysia sekali lagi menegaskan pendirian mereka dalam isu ini apabila menolak tuntutan memasukkan hak-hak LGBT dari dimasukkan ke dalam Deklarasi Hak Asasi Manusia ASEAN pada 17 & 18 November 2012.
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Aurelio Mancuso, head of gay rights group Equality Italia called for a boycott of Barilla’s pastas, sauces and snacks.
He made the call after Guido Barilla, chairman of the world’s leading pasta manufacturer, told Italian Radio 24 on Wednesday that his company would never use a gay family in its advertising.
“I would never do (a commercial) with a homosexual family, not for lack of respect but because we don’t agree with them. Ours is a classic family where the woman plays a fundamental role.”