malaysiaflagGay rights activists have launched a legal battle against Malaysian police after a ban was imposed on an arts festival which focused on “sexual independence” and curbing homophobia.

The festival organisers released a statement on Tuesday saying the ban was unconstitutional and “irrefutable evidence of discrimination.”

The Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin called the festival “inappropriate.”

Same-sex relations are punishable with a 20-year prison sentence in Malaysia, a law which International human rights groups have been strongly urging the government to abolish.

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