8 Jul 2019

Malaysian rights groups call out state for anti-LGBT actions

The coalition of rights groups claim there is evidence the Malaysian state is directing violence and discrimination towards LGBT people.

Evidence of state-sponsored violence and discrimination against LGBT people in Malaysia has been documented and established, a coalition of LGBT rights and human rights organizations have said.

The groups range from LGBT rights advocacy groups like Seksualiti Merdeka and the ASEAN SOGIE Caucus to human rights organizations like Suara Rakyat Malaysia (SUARAM). The 41 local and regional groups have endorsed a statement in support of testimony made by Malaysian LGBT human rights activist, Numan Afifi.

In March this year, Numan made an intervention at the United Nations Human Rights Council during Malaysia’s Universal Periodic Review. He later received flak for having described state programmes that were anti-LGBT as ‘state-sponsored violence’ and was even summoned for police questioning.

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