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Amending Act 355 will fuel violence against LGBT, warns rights group

PETALING JAYA: A rights group has warned the government against amending the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 (Act 355), saying it could fuel more discrimination and violence against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

Nalini Elumalai, Article 19’s Malaysia programme officer, said the LGBT community must not be excluded from the government’s commitment to uphold human rights for all without discrimination, as stated in the Federal Constitution.

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