The Government was deeply concerned by the caning of two Malaysian women on 3 September for having a same sex relationship. Our High Commissioner to Malaysia wrote to the Chief Minister of Terengganu to convey UK views on the criminalisation of homosexuality, on the sentence of caning and made an appeal for clemency. Our High Commissioner in Kuala Lumpur has also tweeted her disappointment on the sentence.
We engage regularly with government, states, and civil society in Malaysia on human rights, including the rights of the LGBT community. The UK opposes all corporal punishment and any other forms of cruel, inhumane or degrading treatment, in any circumstances, anywhere around the world.