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Repeal publications law to promote freedom of expression

On 13 February, Malaysia’s Court of Appeal took an important step to defend the right to freedom of expression and the right freedom of religion or belief by overturning a ban on three books published by a think tank promoting moderate Islam

SIS Opposes to the Amendment of Act 355 (RUU355)

Sisters in Islam (SIS) unequivocally object the amendment of the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act 1965 or Act 355 (RUU355) to provide heavier punishments on lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender (LGBTQ).

Respect Trans Women & End All Prosecution Against Them

We are deeply concerned by a raid of a birthday party by the Kedah Islamic Department on 27 October 2020, where 30 transgender women attendees of the 100 attendees were singled out and given notice to report back at the Kedah Islamic Department on separate dates to be investigated under Section 26, which penalises ‘male persons wearing female attire in a public place’.

End harassment of union workers and peaceful protesters

On 2 June, police arrested five individuals during a protest outside Ipoh Hospital in Kuala Lumpur. The protesters were raising concerns about the lack of personal protective equipment for hospital employees, arbitrary changes to work schedules, and denial of a government-authorised allowance for frontline workers.