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October 27, 2014

Opposition leader is standing trial for sodomy this week

A right-wing Malaysian newspaper has said supporting oppositon leader Anwar Ibrahim means supporting the international LGBTI rights movement ahead of his sodomy trial on Tuesday.

Anwar has been prosecuted under the country's colonial anti-gay law four times in what LGBTI groups have called a politically motivated prosecution. He is appealing his March sentence of five years in jail.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

October 24, 2014

The country's opposition leader has been prosecuted four times under the law

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called for an end to the prosecution of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim under the country's anti-gay law.

Next week, the country's top court will hear Anwar’s appeal of his March conviction for violating the colonial sodomy law, which criminalizes same-sex relations.

The prosecution is cross-appealing Anwar’s five-year jail term, which could result in a sentence of up to 20 years.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

March 8, 2014

Human rights groups have called the campaign against the former deputy prime minister politically motivated

A Malaysian court on Friday overturned an earlier acquittal and sentenced opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to five years in jail on sodomy charges, ending his hopes of contesting a local by-election this month.

In 2008, Anwar was charged for having sex with a male aide. He was acquitted in 2012 by a High Court citing a lack of evidence. The government later appealed the court’s ruling.

February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

February 12, 2014

International human rights group Human Rights Watch has called on the Malaysian Government to stop trying to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim prosecuted over claims he has had sex with men and to end its colonial era ban on gay sex

Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to end its attempts to have Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed over claims he has had sex with men in what is widely viewed as an effort to keep the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition in power.

BN have ruled Malaysia since 1974 and Ibrahim is a former BN MP turned vocal critic of the government who has been trying to unseat the Malaysian Government since 1998.

October 26, 2013

Former minister accuses NGOs of pushing for permissiveness in the name of LGBT rights

More than a decade after Malaysia triggered a raging controversy by putting its then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in the dock for alleged sodomy, the Southeastern nation witnessed a fresh uproar this week with a government MP attacking homosexuality as an ‘evil concept’ and ‘security threat’ that could ‘spark inter-religious conflict’.

October 26, 2013

Former minister accuses NGOs of pushing for permissiveness in the name of LGBT rights

More than a decade after Malaysia triggered a raging controversy by putting its then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in the dock for alleged sodomy, the Southeastern nation witnessed a fresh uproar this week with a government MP attacking homosexuality as an ‘evil concept’ and ‘security threat’ that could ‘spark inter-religious conflict’.

September 17, 2013

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on Malaysia to repeal its colonial era law banning gay sex as the government continues to use it to harass Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to cease its legal harassment of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and repeal the country’s colonial era sodomy law.

Human Rights Watch made the call after the Malaysian Government decided to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim in the Malaysian High Court on sodomy charges.

September 17, 2013

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on Malaysia to repeal its colonial era law banning gay sex as the government continues to use it to harass Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim

Global human rights group Human Rights Watch have called on the Malaysian Government to cease its legal harassment of Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and repeal the country’s colonial era sodomy law.

Human Rights Watch made the call after the Malaysian Government decided to appeal the acquittal of Ibrahim in the Malaysian High Court on sodomy charges.

August 4, 2013

Opposition leader and ex-deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal in 2008 sodomy case to be challenged in Court of Appeal

 

The acquittal of Malaysian Opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in a 2008 sodomy charge, one of Asia’s most talked-about cases heavily tinged with political colors, gets a sequel with the prosecution’s appeal against it fixed for hearing in September.

The hearing will be held on 17 and 18 September, Malaysian media reported.

August 4, 2013

Opposition leader and ex-deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim’s acquittal in 2008 sodomy case to be challenged in Court of Appeal

 

The acquittal of Malaysian Opposition leader and former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim in a 2008 sodomy charge, one of Asia’s most talked-about cases heavily tinged with political colors, gets a sequel with the prosecution’s appeal against it fixed for hearing in September.

The hearing will be held on 17 and 18 September, Malaysian media reported.

May 6, 2013

Ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, who regularly support anti-gay policies, will return to government in Malaysia - but several vocally homophobic politicians lose their seats
 

The coalition who have ruled Malaysia for 56 years, Barisan Nasional (BN), won yesterday's general election.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has frequently spouted anti-gay rhetoric during the election campaign and before, keeps his position as leader of the country.

May 6, 2013

Ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, who regularly support anti-gay policies, will return to government in Malaysia - but several vocally homophobic politicians lose their seats
 

The coalition who have ruled Malaysia for 56 years, Barisan Nasional (BN), won yesterday's general election.

Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has frequently spouted anti-gay rhetoric during the election campaign and before, keeps his position as leader of the country.

March 18, 2013

Anwar Ibrahim says images that appear to show him having a sexual encounter with a man are 'a disgusting political gimmick' from the ruling party

Images of a man resembling Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim having a sexual encounter with a man were posted on a blog last week, but he strongly denies that he is the man in the photograghs.

March 18, 2013

Anwar Ibrahim says images that appear to show him having a sexual encounter with a man are 'a disgusting political gimmick' from the ruling party

Images of a man resembling Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim having a sexual encounter with a man were posted on a blog last week, but he strongly denies that he is the man in the photograghs.

January 21, 2013

Judge rules in favor of Malaysian opposition leader in defamation case based on newspaper saying he wants to repeal sodomy law

A judge in Malaysia has ruled in favor of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who sued a newspaper for saying he supports LGBT rights.

'The articles... were distorted, incorrect version of the events... and taken out of context,' said Justice VT Singham in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, The Malaysia Insider reports.

January 21, 2013

Judge rules in favor of Malaysian opposition leader in defamation case based on newspaper saying he wants to repeal sodomy law

A judge in Malaysia has ruled in favor of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim who sued a newspaper for saying he supports LGBT rights.

'The articles... were distorted, incorrect version of the events... and taken out of context,' said Justice VT Singham in the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, The Malaysia Insider reports.

January 14, 2013

After a year of headlines about shockingly homophobic statements from the government, Gay Star News visits Malaysia to find out what life is really like for LGBT rights activists there

December 14, 2012

Gay Star News talks to Asia's deputy director of Human Rights Watch, who is heavily involved in defending the rights of LGBT people in the region

As a year of highs and lows for human rights for LGBT people in Asia comes to an end, Gay Star News talks to Phil Robertson, deputy director, Asia of Human Rights Watch.

December 4, 2012

Delegates target 'LGBT' in speeches at last national conference before election

Several delegates attacked the LGBT community during speeches at Malaysia's ruling party's national conference which ended on Saturday.

Members of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) labelled 'LGBT' as against Islam in the country that has the most openly expressed homophobic political rhetoric in Asia.

December 4, 2012

Delegates target 'LGBT' in speeches at last national conference before election

Several delegates attacked the LGBT community during speeches at Malaysia's ruling party's national conference which ended on Saturday.

Members of United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) labelled 'LGBT' as against Islam in the country that has the most openly expressed homophobic political rhetoric in Asia.

August 13, 2012

Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim tells court Utusan Malaysia is mostly owned by ruling political party

The leader of the opposition in Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim, in court to clear his name from the ‘defamation’ that he supports gay rights, has accused the top-selling Malay language newspaper in the country of political bias.

Anwar said the majority of shareholders and the board of directors of Utusan Malaysia are connected to the UMNO, the biggest political party in the Barisan Nasional coalition that rules the country, the Malaysian Insider reports.