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Malaysia

LGBTI Rights in Malaysia


ADDED ON: 07/12/2021

New Malaysian Anti-LGBT Law Proposal

On Friday 25 June, a task force within the Malaysian government proposed modifications to the laws governing social media. The new amendments would allow Malaysian officials to pursue legal action against users…

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ADDED ON: 06/29/2021

377: The British colonial law that left an anti-LGBTQ legacy in Asia

For much of the past two centuries, it was illegal to be gay in a vast swathe of the world - thanks to colonial Britain. Till today, colonial-era laws that ban homosexuality…

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ADDED ON: 06/24/2021

Ministry takes aim at LGBT with changes to shariah law

PETALING JAYA: The religious affairs ministry is proposing amendments to widen the scope of an existing shariah law used against people who are alleged to have insulted Islam. In a statement, deputy…

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ADDED ON: 04/19/2021

Halt Proposed Shariah Amendment Criminalising LGBTQ People

Malaysia is facing a serious threat to human rights and the HIV response with the announcement by a cabinet minister of the government’s plans to expand the jurisdiction of religious courts and…

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ADDED ON: 04/09/2021

Malaysia pushes for Sharia law to be tougher on LGBT+ Muslims

On Tuesday (6 April) the Malaysian government announced plans to move forward with an amendment to the Sharia Courts Act that would allow heavier punishments to be imposed on the LGBT+ community.…

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ADDED ON: 04/08/2021

Focus on inclusion, not alienation, in dealing with LGBT, Putrajaya told

Suhakam has urged the government to reconsider its decision to impose heavier punishments for offences associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. Commissioner Hishamudin Yunus said the best approach…

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ADDED ON: 04/07/2021

Civil groups chide minister Zulkifli’s insistence on harsher laws against LGBT

KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — A coalition of local civil societies has today slammed religious affairs minister Datuk Zulkifli Mohamad’s insistence to table a law amendment that would provide for harsher punishments…

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ADDED ON: 02/26/2021

Malaysian man wins landmark challenge against Muslim gay sex ban

KUALA LUMPUR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A Malaysian man on Thursday won a landmark court challenge against an Islamic ban on sex “against the order of nature”, raising hopes for greater acceptance…

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ADDED ON: 02/09/2021

Putrajaya says opposing US president Biden’s global pro-LGBT initiative

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 8 — Putrajaya yesterday said it is opposing a call by newly-minted US President Joe Biden’s for the superpower’s agencies to protect the rights of sexual and gender minorities…

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ADDED ON: 02/07/2021

G25 opposes proposal to introduce heavier punishments for LGBT community

G25 Malaysia joins the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) and other civil society groups in opposing the proposal by the deputy minister (religious affairs) in the Prime Minister’s Department to introduce…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

Human Rights Watch warns over Malaysian proposals to increase penalties against LGBT+ people

The Malaysian government should condemn a cabinet minister’s proposal to crack down harder on LGBT+ communities, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has said. Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, the deputy minister in charge of religious…

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ADDED ON: 01/28/2021

Malaysian Official Says Anti-LGBTQ Laws Aren’t Strict Enough

Putrajaya, a Malaysian city located south of the capital Kuala Lumpur, is considering even harsher punishments for LGBTQ people than already-existing law, Gay Times reports. Ahmad Marzuk Shaary, deputy minister of the…

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