Fears LGBTs will be left out of ASEAN rights declaration

[NOTE] The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) heads of government have formally adopted the first ever ASEAN Human Rights Declaration (AHRD) at the ASEAN Summit in  Phnom Penh on Nov 18. The declaration did not include ‘recognition of rights’ and ‘protections’ for the LGBTs. Please click here for the news confirmation.

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Southeast Asia: Latest battleground over LGBT rights

Originally published here.

An upcoming human rights declaration by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has become the latest battleground over rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

On one side, the vice president of the Muslim Lawyers Association of Malaysia says his country could not accept including LGBT rights in an ASEAN declaration about human rights. Lawyer Azril Mohd Amin said in a letter to the Malaysiakini newspaper website that LGBT rights are a “secular fallacy, perpetrated by the United Nations, that human beings may do as they please,” Gay Star News reported.

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