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Malaysia in 'disturbing assault' on rights by banning NGO coalition: Amnesty International

Published on Jan 9, 2014 1:20 PM

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - Amnesty International accused Malaysia's government on Thursday of a "disturbing assault" on freedoms by banning a leading coalition of human rights groups.

Malaysia's Home Ministry issued a statement on Wednesday declaring the Coalition of Malaysian Non-Governmental Organisations (Comango) illegal because the group and 39 of its 54 components were not registered with the government.

Ministry secretary-general Mohamad Khalid Shariff accused Comango of pursuing "rights that run contrary to Islam" including gay, lesbian and transgender issues.

The coalition angered the authorities last year when it submitted a report to the United Nations condemning the Muslim-majority nation's human rights record ahead of a UN rights review.

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