One-third complainants sacked for having HIV, discrimination report shows

Source: The Malay Mail Online

There were 3,330 new HIV infections reported last year, according to statistics from the Health Ministry. — AFP pic.

There were 3,330 new HIV infections reported last year, according to statistics from the Health Ministry. — AFP pic.

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 13 — Five out of 15 people who filed a workplace complaint lost their jobs last year after their employers found out they had HIV, according to a finding by the Malaysian AIDS Council (MAC) released today.

MAC’s HIV and Human Rights Mitigation Report 2015 also showed that termination of HIV-positive workers mostly happened in the tourism and entertainment sector such as hotels, golf resorts and an entertainment venue.

One of the cases also occurred in a government-linked public transport company.

Eight of the 15 complaints involved some form of workplace discrimination, including demotion at the workplace due to their HIV-positive status and also a forced resignation. Read more

Don’t marginalise HIV patients, Muslims told in World AIDS Day sermon

Source: The Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Federal Territories Islamic Department (Jawi) has urged Muslims not to marginalise those who have been diagnosed with HIV, calling them to provide help and support instead.

In this week’s Friday sermon distributed to mosques in the territories, Jawi said all Muslims must shoulder the responsibilities in preventing HIV from spreading.

“The question is, how do we as Muslims, act when faced with a person with AIDS? This is where our attitudes and behaviour will be tested. Read more

International Women’s Day: Recognizing One Woman’s Fight for LGBT Rights in Malaysia

Source: Human Rights Campaign

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Lyana Khairuddin – pic taken from The Star Online

hrc-general-blog1600In honor of International Women’s Day, HRC Global is spotlighting women who are advancing equality around the globe, including Lyana Khairuddin, a self-described “HIV & AIDS advocate” from Malaysia. Lyana, a bisexual, Muslim woman who served as an HRC global fellow last fall, is working in Malaysia to fight discrimination and the spread of HIV & AIDS in her country.

“Navigating activism around LGBT rights is an uphill struggle,” she says. “There is a multidimensional complexity to discussing these issues, especially when there is an increasingly restricted space for expression. “

Lyana’s work in Malaysia is not easy. Many human rights challenges are plaguing Malaysia, including the right to gender expression and unfortunate incidences of violence and discrimination. Read more