It was in 2010 that the CEDAW Committee adopted two ground-breaking General Recommendations that clearly elaborated the human rights protections afforded to lesbians, bisexual women, and transgender people under the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). This included General Recommendation No.27, which recognized the multiple discriminations faced by older women. It was also the first time that transgender people (both transgender women and transgender men) were explicitly protected under the Convention and provided a credible framework for us who work on sexuality rights and the rights of the LGBTIQ to advance the necessary research for evidence-based advocacy in the Asian region.
“On the Record: Violence Against Lesbians, Bisexual Women and Transgender Persons in Malaysia” was one of these researches and it was done in collaboration with OutRight Action International. The research findings showed that LBT persons in Malaysia faced the most severe violence from families and people of the same ethnicity or religion.
The research findings also provided valuable input at the time to the reporting processes of two UN Conventions, CEDAW, and the CRC, as well as for the Universal Periodic Review of Malaysia.
Read the full report here.
Read the specific chapter on the rights of the LGBTQI people in Malaysia here.