Tag Archives: Malaysia

New U.S. strategies for combating anti-gay laws

United States officials are pushing two relatively new strategies for promoting the human rights of LGBTI people worldwide. Over the opposition of Global South politicians and others who complain of neo-colonialism whenever the U.S. tries to dissuade homophobic nations from … Continue reading

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Malaysia: Top judges send opposing politician to jail for sodomy

Human Rights Watch reports: The conviction of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim after seven years of politically motivated proceedings under an abusive and archaic law is a major setback for human rights in Malaysia, Human Rights Watch said today. On February … Continue reading

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Video: Malaysian prison turned her into a trans activist

“They asked me to strip naked in front of everyone. They made fun of me, because my body doesn’t conform to what men and women are supposed to be.”  — Nisha Ayub of Malaysia, describing her three months in prison … Continue reading

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12 grim lands, 7 bright spots in LGBTI preview of 2015

As debate over LGBTI rights continues worldwide in 2015, progress has been made in at least seven of the 76-plus countries with laws against homosexuality.  In another 12 countries, the situation is grim and could get worse. Below are previews … Continue reading

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Ongoing fight for trans rights in Malaysia

By Ruby Pratka Transgender people in Malaysia may soon have fewer legal barriers to expressing their gender freely, thanks to a recent ruling in a state appeals court. The Malaysia Court of Appeal in the city of Putrajaya ruled last … Continue reading

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Trans Malaysians win court fight over cross-dressing ban

The Jakarta Globe in Indonesia reported today: KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — A Malaysian court on Friday gave transgender Muslims the right to cross-dress in a landmark decision overturning an Islamic law ban that could trigger similar challenges. Muslim-majority Malaysia represents … Continue reading

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Islamic women’s group defends Malaysian arrestees

Sisters in Islam, or SIS, a Malaysian women’s rights organization, has come to the defense of two female students arrested Sept. 1 on suspicion of having same-sex relations in a hotel in Johor Bahru in mainland Malaysia, north of Singapore. … Continue reading

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