Melanie Nathan, Executive Director, African HRC, in response to the Sharia Law action where 2 women were publicly canned in the State of Terengganu, Malaysia, pursuant to a conviction for attempting lesbian sex::
At African Human Rights Coalition, we condemn in the strongest terms the conviction and punishment of 2 women, sentenced to pay $800 and canning, by the Sharia Court in Malaysia, as well as the fostering of this human rights infraction by the Malaysian government.
The canning of LGBTQI people and those perceived as such is torture. Criminalizing sexuality is inhumane and lacks accuracy about the nature of human sexuality, fostering myth and lies.
Human sexuality is natural and any form of criminalization, whether secular or religious is a violation of human rights.
Women are not the property of religions, systems, nor men. Consenting adults should be free to make choices pertaining to their bodies.
We call on all women and LGBTQI advocates around the world to speak out against this horrific action. Our silence emboldens more, and perpetuates the inhumanity in other regions around the world, where women and LGBTQI people continue to suffer such oppression.
At this time African HRC is seeking to shelter scores of people escaping similar heinous humiliation and inhumanity.