Malaysia: Homosexuality

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 19th September 2018.

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Photo of Lord Scriven Lord Scriven Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the government of Malaysia about the caning of two women for having a same-sex relationship.

Photo of Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon Minister of State

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.

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