Malaysia "sissy camps" create international outcry

TERENGGANU, Malaysia -- Last week, 66 male students were taken out of school and sent off to government-sponsored "re-education camps" to address their sexual orientation.

The boys, targeted by their teachers for having "feminine qualities," will be brainwashed in an attempt to rid them of any possibility of ending up gay or transsexual.

Efforts to shut down the camps have failed, and now Malaysian activists are reaching out to the international community hoping to put pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has ignored the public outcry.

Razak will be attending the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit next week and activists hope to shine a light on the atrocities while he is there and force him to close the camps.

A concerned group in New York City called "All Out" has started a petition that will be delivered to the Prime Minister at next week's summit.

In a letter sent to media worldwide, the organization identified their mission as "to build a world in which everyone can live freely and be embraced for who they are."

On the petition, All Out says, "Schools should be a safe space where children can learn and develop without fear of recrimination for being themselves, not a place to be "profiled" and sent away for re-education."

According to a CNN report, homosexuality is against the law in Malaysia.

The report also said that Datuk Seri Sharizat Abdul Jalil, Malaysia's Women, Family and Community Development Minister is against the boot camps and wants to shut them down.

Jalil stated the camps are in direct violation of the Child Act 2001, which protects children "in all circumstances without regard to distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, social origin or physical, mental or emotional disabilities or any other status."

The four day camps involve physical training and teach "masculine behavior" to keep them on the "right" path.

A concerned group in New York City called "All Out," has started a petition. All Out is a project of the Purpose Foundation.

To sign the petition and help put pressure on the Prime Minister of Malaysia, click HERE

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