Thursday, November 10, 2011

Human Rights Watch (HRW) Calls On Malaysian Government To Lift Gay Ban

KUALA LUMPUR: Human Rights Watch (HRW) has urged the Government to rescind a police ban on the fourth annual Seksualiti Mer­deka festival and protect all citizens from discrimination.
Its Asia Division deputy director Phil Robertson and director of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans­gender Rights (LGBT) Pro­gramme Graeme Reid stated this in a letter to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak yesterday.

Copies of the letter were sent to the Deputy Prime Minister, Home Minister and Women, Family and Community Develop­ment Mini­ster.

The festival, which had taken place since 2008, was scheduled to be held from yesterday to Sunday.

HRW said the event organisers claimed they had been subjected to a barrage of harassment and threats of violence via phone calls, SMSes and through the social media since police an­­nounced the ban, and called for a full investigation.

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