Police question LGBT activist in Malaysia


Malaysian LGBT+ rights activist Numan Afifi is being questioned by police over the speech in which he tried to attract people’s attention to the problem of anti-LGBT discrimination in the country. Afifi, who founded a LGBT+ rights group in Malaysia, raised concerns alongside a coalition of human rights organizations at a United Nations conference in Geneva last month, speaking on behalf of 12 LGBT rights groups. “We commended the government for accepting one recommendation, which is the anti-bullying campaign in schools, but raised concerns that Malaysia has rejected the rest of the 10 recommendations on sexual orientation and gender identity,” Afifi told The Star. Afifi addedhe was disappointed a human rights report in the UN could be grounds for a police investigation but encourage3d his LGBT compatriots to remain resolute and to keep campaigning. Speaking to local news Afifi was adamant not to let the investigation stop his LGBT+ rights campaigning. “I will not bow down to these acts to harass or intimidate me as a human rights defender in Malaysia,” he said.


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