Exposed: How Malaysia fosters anti-LGBT bias, violence


In Malaysia, a wide range of government-sponsored programs spread misinformation about LGBT people, which leads to anti-gay discrimination and violence. After human rights defender Numan Afifi described those abuses to the U.N. Human Rights Council in March, he was investigated by police. He explained to the police that he had presented a statement from a coalition of 12 Malaysian organizations that work on gender identity and sexual orientation. In March 2019, Malaysian human rights defender Numan Afifi made an intervention at the UPR (Universal Periodic Review) Adoption Reports at the Human Rights Council, Geneva. In response, MACSA and WAFIQ claimed that Numan Afifi was misleading to use the phrase ‘state sponsored violence’ in his description of state-sponsored anti-LGBT programmes. We are here to offer evidence in support of Numan’s testimony. With this, we support Numan’s presentation as evidence-based facts, and that he did not in any way misled the Council.

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