PETITION FOR THE MORATORIUM ON THE CANING OF TWO WOMEN IN MALAYSIA (LGBTQ)
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On 12 August 2018, the two women were sentenced to RM 3,300 in fines and 6 strokes of caning for attempted musahaqah (sexual relations between women) under Section 30 of the syariah Criminal Offences (Takzir Terengganu) read together with Section 59(1). The case was presided by the Terengganu Syarie judge Kamalruazmi Ismail.
The two women pleaded guilty for the offence and it is believed that they were not represented in court. The caning is scheduled to be carried out on 28th August 2018. Caning or whipping is considered a form of torture under international human rights norms. Article 1 of the Convention Against Torture, defines torture as “any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes… or for any reason based on discrimination of any kind…”.
As Malaysia is committed to rectify the Convention Against Torture, we pledge the Government of Malaysia to issue a moratorium against any caning that is due to be carried out, and specifically the caning of the two women in Terengganu.
PS: I am hoping that this petition will help to relieve them of their sentence or at least just the whippings. I also just want the victims & LGBTQ community know that people support them too.
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