Malaysia’s LGBT community under siege as government ignores abuse


Malaysia’s LGBT community is on high alert after its members have received rare jail terms, raising fears of increased persecution by religious authorities as the government steps aside, unwilling to anger conservative Muslim voters. Already a target of violent attacks, online abuse and discriminatory laws, the LGBT community fears further attacks after the recent conviction of five men on charges of attempting to engage in sex. The men were sentenced by an Islamic court earlier this month to between six and seven months in jail, six strokes of the cane and a fine of nearly $1,200 after religious authorities raided a private apartment outside Kuala Lumpur last year.

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