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The Malaysian government plans to increase anti-LGBT rights

The deputy minister for religious affairs in Malaysia has submitted a proposal to amended the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act (355). The aims of this proposal under Sharia law is to punish consensual gender non-conformity and impose harsher sentences on same-sex conduct than current maximum sentencing under federal law. State Sharia laws only apply to Muslims who make up 60% of Malaysia’s population, according to an article by the Human Rights Watch. Currently, same-sex relations are criminalised in all 13 states of the country with a prison sentence as well as mandatory caning. The backwardness of the law on LGBT human rights is attributed to religion and the political power of the Malaysian government, where the Malaysian Prime Minister said that Malaysia “does not recognise LGBT rights.” 

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