A Malaysian human rights campaigner has rejected LGBT rights, claiming they are a ‘western import’. Azril Mohd Amin from the Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Centhra) wrote a letter to the New Straits Times condemning the pursuit of LGBT rights. Centhra are a coalition of Islamic NGOs. They argue that while they respect LGBT people’s right to life, they do not respect to pursue orientation-based rights.
In the article, Amin says: ‘While we affirm that LGBT persons have the right to basic dignity and freedom accorded to all persons, such as the right to life and dignity, we would like to remind the public that no one has the right to disrupt society, to offend the values of the culture and the religion of the federation, nor the values of any other religion in Malaysia’, adding ‘Rights associated with sexual orientation do not exist in any international human rights instruments accepted by Malaysia, including UDHR [the Universal Declaration on Human Rights 1948], and must not be asserted when they are unrecognised in the country. ‘Instead, such so-called rights must be identified as foreign, chiefly Western imports that are alien to Malaysia.’
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