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Indonesian police arrest 10 women in LGBT+ crackdown

Indonesian police arrest 10 women in LGBT+ crackdown

Reports have emerged that ten women were arrested last weekend in Indonesia, accused of ‘being lesbians’. Reuters have revealed that police arrested the women in West Sumatra, after two of them were found to be kissing in a photo posted to Facebook. The incident follows a series of arrests and public punishments of LGBT+ people […]

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Two gay men publicly flogged in Aceh Indonesia

Two gay men publicly flogged in Aceh Indonesia

Outside a Mosque in Indonesia’s Aceh province a young man stands in front of a crowd of hundred of onlookers, he wears a traditional white koko shirt, and stands as a hooded man hits him with a cane. A police officer counts each stoke and the crowd cheer after each stroke hits the man’s body. […]

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Gay men in Aceh will no longer be caned in public

Gay men in Aceh will no longer be caned in public

The Indonesian province of Aceh has announced it will no longer cane men accused of being gay in public, instead the punishments will be conducted within the prison. Last year two men when caned 83 times after they pleaded guilty to having gay sex. While homosexuality has never been illegal in Indonesia, the Aceh provide […]

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Transgender women arrested in Aceh, police shave their heads

Transgender women arrested in Aceh, police shave their heads

Indonesian media has reported that twelve transgender women have been arrested in Northern Aceh. Early on Sunday morning Sharia Police reportedly arrested the transgender women, who are known locally as waria – a portmanteau of the Indonesian words for man and woman. The women were detained as part of a police operation labeled operasi penyakit masyarakat, […]

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United Nations official concerned over Indonesia’s treatment of LGBT people

United Nations official concerned over Indonesia’s treatment of LGBT people

The United Nations’ human rights office has raised concern about the way Indonesian authorities are treating LGBT people. In recent months there has been an increasing number of cases where gay men have been detained under the country’s anti-pornography laws which are open to wide interpretation. In the most recent case, 141 men were detained after […]

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Liberal MP condemns Indonesia’s treatment of gay men

Liberal MP condemns Indonesia’s treatment of gay men

Liberal MP Trent Zimmerman has called the caning of two gay men in Indonesia “cruel and sickening” following the public punishment in Aceh this week. The two men were arrested after vigilantes broke into their residence, and claimed the pair were having gay sex which is against Aceh’s laws. Zimmerman said Australia should not stand […]

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Two Indonesian men flogged in public for gay sex

Two Indonesian men flogged in public for gay sex

Two men, aged 20 and 23, were publicly caned in front of a mosque in Badeh, Aceh, Indonesia yesterday. The two men were arrested after vigilantes broke into their residence, and claimed the pair were having gay sex. Both men pleaded guilty in court and were sentenced to receive 85 lashes of the rattan. Prosecutors […]

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Calls for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop Aceh caning

Calls for Indonesian President Joko Widodo to stop Aceh caning

Human Rights advocates have called on Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to intervene and stop the caning of two men convicted of having gay sex in the Aceh region. Human Rights Watch have called on the Indonesian leader to take action and stop capital punishment in the region. The men were prosecuted under Aceh province’s abusive […]

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Indonesian men will receive 85 lashes for gay sex

Indonesian men will receive 85 lashes for gay sex

Two men in Indonesia’s Aceh province will receive 85 lashes for engaging in gay sex. The punishment, which has been issued under the region’s Sharia law that was implemented two years ago, is 5 more lashes than the prosecution had even asked for. The maximum sentence is 100 lashes. “The defendants are proven to have […]

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Prosecutors call for Indonesian couple to be caned 80 times

Prosecutors call for Indonesian couple to be caned 80 times

  Prosecutors in the Indonesian province of Aceh have called for two men, who were caught having sex by their neighbours, be punished with 80 strokes of the rattan. The two men, aged 20 and 23, were arrested after their neighbours secretly filmed them having sex in the privacy of their own home. They neighbours […]

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