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Speech at the Human Rights Day, 10 December 2019. 
Organised by SUHAKAM, Government of Malaysia and the United Nations at the Sheraton Hotel, Kuala Lumpur

By Datuk Emeritus Professor Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi

INTRODUCTION
We are all assembled here to reaffirm the idea that human rights are inherent and not dependent on the charity or generosity of the state. Human rights are our birth right because they come to us from a transcendental source that is prior to and independent of the law of the state. 
This superior source is, depending on one’s system of beliefs, God, Nature, human reason, intuition or self-evidence.
 As we celebrate the advances in the quest for human freedom - and these advances are indeed many  – we must also take cognisance of the challenges, opportunities and regrettable regressions in the various aspects of contemporary human rights reality.

Full text: Human Rights – Challenges And Opportunities In The 21st Century

02 December 2019.
SOSMA – ITS CONSTITUTIONALITY 

By Datuk Emeritus Professor Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi

Professor Shad Faruqi clarifies the points at which SOSMA as a law aligns and diverges from the Articles of the Constitution of Malaysia.

Full text: Notes on SOSMA

12 Sept 2019.
Public Lecture at Faculty of Law, UM

By Datuk Emeritus Professor Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi

Constitutions are born to mark stages in progression towards self-government, to establish the foundations of a newly independent state or to start afresh after a revolutionary or ideological upheaval. 

Full text: Constitutional Blueprint for National Unity

20 August 2018
Essay for Book on Justice Dato’ Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus

By Datuk Emeritus Professor Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi
Holder of the Tunku Abdul Rahman Chair, Faculty of Law, University of Malaya 

Justice Dato’ Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus illuminated the judicial firmament for 23 years and retired from the Court of Appeal on Sept 9, 2017. He was an exemplar of judicial integrity, fearless independence and unwavering commitment to constitutional supremacy and human rights. He saw law as an embodiment of justice and not a mere heathen word for power. Whenever he could, he interpreted legal provisions in such a way as to promote fairness and equity.

Full Text: Justice Dato’ Mohd Hishamudin Mohd Yunus

15 August 2018
RAJA AZIZ ADDRUSE MEMORIAL LECTURE

Royale Chulan Kuala Lumpur

THIRTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE 1988 JUDICIAL CRISIS: LESSONS ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF JUDICIAL INDEPENDENCE AND IMPARTIALITY

Datuk Emeritus Professor Dr Hj Shad Saleem Faruqi
Tunku Abdul Rahman Foundation Professor of Law, University of Malaya.

We are all here to honour the memory of Raja Aziz Addruse who illuminated the Malaysian legal profession with a warm glow for many decades. His steadfast morality, reasoned voice, and courageous leadership steered the Bar through many turbulent times in the 70s and beyond.  

His legacy lives on and is evidenced in the many principled positions that the Malaysian Bar continues to adopt on issues of rule of law, democracy and human rights. I wish to say this at the very outset that in the last nine years while institution after institution, including some elements in the judiciary, were successfully coopted by the political executive to do its bidding, the Malaysian Bar along with a few other NGOs, continued to provide dykes against the tide of authoritarianism. For that, Mr. President, the entire citizenry owes the Bar Councils of Malaya and of Sabah and Sarawak our deepest gratitude.

Full text:  Judicial Independence and Impartiality

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Last Updated: 16/12/2019