Two women in Malaysia have been caned in the sharia high court in the state of Terengganu for attempting to have sex in a car.
Members of the pubic were present in the court at the time the sentence and punishment was carried out.
LGBT+ activists have said that this is the first time two women have been subjected to this punishment for attempting to have sex.
All same-sex activity is illegal in Malaysia.
In a statement on its website, Amnesty International Rachel Chhoa-Howard, Amnesty’s Malaysia researcher said:
“This is a terrible day for LGBTI rights, and indeed human rights, in Malaysia. To inflict this brutal punishment on two people for attempting to engage in consensual, same-sex relations is an atrocious setback in the government’s efforts to improve its human rights record.
“The caning of the two women is a dreadful reminder of the depth of discrimination and criminalisation that LGBTI people face in the country. It’s a sign that the new government condones the use of measures that amount to torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading punishment, much like its predecessor.”