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Malaysia bans leading human rights coalition for ''promoting gay rights''

in MALAYSIA, 12/01/2014

Malaysia's Home Ministry has banned and accused the country’s leading human rights coalition of pursuing gay, lesbian and transgender rights which "run contrary to Islam".

International, Malaysia's Home Ministry on Wednesday issued a statement declaring the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs (Comango) illegal because the group and 39 of its 54 member-organisations are not registered with the government.

According to local media reports, the ministry claimed that the coalition’s main goals were to promote the LGBT rights.

"Fighting for this particular objective deviates from the Islamic faith. Moreover, Comango is an organisation which is not registered under the Societies Act 1966," the ministry said.

Some activists have meanwhile argued that Comango and some of its member-organisations are loose coalitions that do not require registration under the law.

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