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22 Nov 2019

Condemnation for 'vicious' caning in Malaysia of four men for alleged ‘gay offences’

These barbarian punishments result from a sting operation by the authorities, with a total of 11 men charged with “an attempt at sexual intercourse against the order of nature”.

 

An Amnesty International press release has condemned the “vicious” caning of four men convicted of “an attempt at sexual intercourse against the order of nature”, warning of an increasing crackdown by the authorities in Malaysia on the country’s LGBT Community.
The press release highlighted how Malaysia’s Selangor Islamic Religious Department had been monitoring activity on messaging app WeChat, leading its officials to conduct an extensive sting operation, which resulted in charges against 11 men arbitrarily arrested at a private event.  Five of the men pleaded guilty as charged, with the cases being heard by the Selangor Syariah (Sharia) High Court, resulting in jail sentences of 6-7 months, six strokes of the cane, and a fine for each man. Four of the men have now been caned and then released, pending appeal of their jail sentence. A fifth man has not yet been caned as he is seeking to appeal his entire sentence, including the caning. The remaining six individuals, currently undergoing trial, have all pleaded not guilty.
Amnesty International observed that LGBT people in Malaysia face discrimination and criminalisation, with both common law and Shariah law systems criminalising same-sex relationships, and that Malaysia’s LGBT Community is facing growing discrimination and persecution. In September last year, two women were caned on the orders of the Terengganu Shariah High Court for “sexual relations between women”, sparking international outcry. 
Caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, which is absolutely prohibited under international law, and may amount to torture.
Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, Amnesty Malaysia’s Executive Director, said that “these vicious punishments against LGBTI people are the actual crimes being committed here”, “the whole affair is a scandal and a judicial travesty”, “the authorities should drop charges against the six other men before they suffer the same unjustifiable treatment”, “same-sex relations are not a crime, yet the Malaysian authorities are going to terrible lengths to vilify LGBTI people by exacting these cruel punishments”, “Malaysia should be creating an environment in which LGBTI people are free from discrimination, not ensnaring and beating innocent people”, and “the Malaysian authorities must repeal all repressive laws against LGBTI people, outlaw cruel punishments, and ratify the UN Convention against Torture”.

 

An Amnesty International press release has condemned the “vicious” caning of four men convicted of “an attempt at sexual intercourse against the order of nature”, warning of an increasing crackdown by the authorities in Malaysia on the country’s LGBT Community.

The press release highlighted how Malaysia’s Selangor Islamic Religious Department had been monitoring activity on messaging app WeChat, leading its officials to conduct an extensive sting operation, which resulted in charges against 11 men arbitrarily arrested at a private event.  Five of the men pleaded guilty as charged, with the cases being heard by the Selangor Syariah (Sharia) High Court, resulting in jail sentences of 6-7 months, six strokes of the cane, and a fine for each man. Four of the men have now been caned and then released, pending appeal of their jail sentence. A fifth man has not yet been caned as he is seeking to appeal his entire sentence, including the caning. The remaining six individuals, currently undergoing trial, have all pleaded not guilty.

Amnesty International observed that LGBT people in Malaysia face discrimination and criminalisation, with both common law and Shariah law systems criminalising same-sex relationships, and that Malaysia’s LGBT Community is facing growing discrimination and persecution. In September last year, two women were caned on the orders of the Terengganu Shariah High Court for “sexual relations between women”, sparking international outcry. 

Caning is a form of cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment, which is absolutely prohibited under international law, and may amount to torture.Shamini Darshni Kaliemuthu, Amnesty Malaysia’s Executive Director, said that “these vicious punishments against LGBTI people are the actual crimes being committed here”, “the whole affair is a scandal and a judicial travesty”, “the authorities should drop charges against the six other men before they suffer the same unjustifiable treatment”, “same-sex relations are not a crime, yet the Malaysian authorities are going to terrible lengths to vilify LGBTI people by exacting these cruel punishments”, “Malaysia should be creating an environment in which LGBTI people are free from discrimination, not ensnaring and beating innocent people”, and “the Malaysian authorities must repeal all repressive laws against LGBTI people, outlaw cruel punishments, and ratify the UN Convention against Torture”.

To read the Amnesty International press release, click here!

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Reader's Comments

1. 2019-11-22 20:09  
https://www.todayonline.com/singapore/attorney-general-377a-challenges-constitutional-rights-do-not-include-sexual-freedom-or
2. 2019-11-22 23:39  
As usual, religion is being used as an excuse to legitimize persecution. History is full of other examples. The fact that bigotry and persecution are actually contrary to the dogma of religion(s) does nothing to dissuade authorities from their hateful actions. A boycott of Malaysia is certainly an obvious response, but I fear will be far from effective.
3. 2019-11-24 11:26  
😠💩👎😠💩👎😠💩👎
4. 2019-11-24 13:44  
The government should be charged with crimes against humanity and human rights. Shame of them and karma will get them for their offenses!!!
5. 2019-11-24 17:08  
Tourist slogan "Malaysia truly Asia" is so far off the TRUTH. This response to LGBT people indicates that "Malaysia truly Crazier" might be more appropriate. I have been to Malaysia many times - but NEVER again. The only good to come of this is to highlight a criminal administration and to give us in the the "West" ammunition against allowing Shariah law to have any credibility in our countries. Boycott Malaysia!
6. 2019-11-25 02:21  
what a fucked up backwards country Malaysia is, just like the Philippines but WAY worse! religion is the catalyst for a lot of violence in the world
7. 2019-11-25 02:33  
I say boycott Malaysia, abolish Shariah law, and cane the ring leaders in Malaysia that are perpetuating this travesty.
8. 2019-11-25 13:19  
So very sad to see this in 2019...a backwards country for sure and one that I will never visit. Once again religion is at the heart of this problem as others have said. With other countries moving forward in LGBTQ rights its time this one too catches up and leaves the horrible past behind.
9. 2019-11-26 02:19  
My trip to Malaysia at the end of Jan 2020 now will not happen. I am happy to boycott a cruel inhumane country. I guess the government feels it is in the 12th century. To all Gay men and women if that country, the United Nations and over 140 countries are with you and the present government will find more and more people stop coming to visit. Keep up the fight.
10. 2019-11-26 15:27  
If every Muslim who was gay, was caned, at least 20% of the Muslim population would have to be caned. The Muslim community has a VERY LARGE gay population because of their culture and I have met many Muslim men, and their first sex was with their fathers or an uncle. SUCH HIPOCRITS.
11. 2019-11-27 03:36  
Sad to read how a once nice country I have fond memories of is developing in such way. I am worried about the many friends i made there..

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