Rights commissioner Hishamudin Yunus urges authorities to follow the spirit of the Amman Message in the wake of a crackdown on Shia Muslims.
Witnesses say detainees were threatened during a raid by Johor Islamic authorities.
Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor says the controversy over the rights of Shia Muslims in Malaysia poses a dilemma to the government.
The goverment's rights body reminds Islamic authorities of the Amman Message calling for an end to sectarianism.
It is appalling that authorities in Johor and Selangor have chosen to raid private Muslim Shia events in the days leading up to Ashura.
If Mujahid Yusof Rawa could put a stop to all these vilification of Shias during every Friday sermon, just like Caliph Umar, he will be remembered for years to come.
The sermon, among others, urges Muslims to be the eyes and ears of the authorities ahead of an important event observed by Shia Muslims.