ADDED ON: 08/22/2018

Malaysia: Two Women Face Caning for Same-Sex Conduct

08/21/2018 | Human Rights Watch

Malaysian authorities should drop the case against two women for same-sex relations before their scheduled caning on August 28, 2018, Human Rights Watch said today. A court convicted the two on August 12 of violating a state Shariah law that criminalizes sex between women and sentenced each to six strokes of the cane and an RM 3,300 (US$800) fine. The Malaysian government should ban the punishment of caning, which constitutes torture under international human rights law.

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