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ASEAN parliamentarians urge Indonesia not to criminalise homosexuality

ASEAN parliamentarians urge Indonesia not to criminalise homosexuality

ASEAN parliamentarians for Human Rights have publicly urged Indonesia’s parliament not to criminalize homosexuality. The Indonesian parliament is currently debating a proposal to amend the country’s criminal code, the changes would make homosexuality illegal in Indonesia and also criminalise all sex outside of matrimony. During the debate last week one Indonesian MP argued in favour […]

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Indonesian MP says gay people should be executed

Indonesian MP says gay people should be executed

An Indonesian MP has said gay people should face the death penalty or life imprisonment. Muslim Ayud made the comments in the country’s House of Representatives as they debated amending the country’s criminal code. The proposed amendments would see gay sex, and sex outside of wedlock, being made illegal. Representing the Islamist National Mandate Party (PAN) […]

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Senator Janet Rice condemns anti-LGBTI actions in Indonesia

Senator Janet Rice condemns anti-LGBTI actions in Indonesia

Greens senator Janet Rice has written to the Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop, calling for action against Indonesia for the discrimination of its LGBTI community. Senator Rice posted a letter to Twitter earlier this week arguing that Australia had a responsibility to protect the human rights of LGBTI people in Indonesia. In recent months there […]

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Indonesia moves to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder

Indonesia moves to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder

Indonesia is moving to classify homosexuality as a mental disorder ahead of a push to criminalize gay sex and all sex outside of heterosexual marriage. On Friday the Indonesian Health Ministry announced it was set to publish a medical guide based on two reports from the past two years. One of the reports, published in […]

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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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Indonesia jails ten men for taking part in a ‘gay sex party’

Indonesia jails ten men for taking part in a ‘gay sex party’

An Indonesian court has handed down two-year prison sentences to ten men who were charged with breaking the country’s anti-pornography laws. The men were accused of taking part in a ‘gay sex party’ at a Jakarta Sauna. Over 140 men were arrested at the venue earlier this year, most were let off, but ten have […]

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Indonesia’s top court rejects attempt to criminalise gay sex

Indonesia’s top court rejects attempt to criminalise gay sex

Indonesia’s top court has rejected an attempt to have gay sex, and all sex outside of marriage, criminalised. A panel of nine judges considered the the petition to have the laws changed, four judges argued in favour of making all gay sex illegal, and limiting consensual heterosexual activity to those who are married. The push […]

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Joko Widodo “Indonesia is still a tolerant nation”

Joko Widodo “Indonesia is still a tolerant nation”

Indonesian President  Joko Widodo has argued that the country is still a tolerant nation that embraces pluralism despite growing concerns about religious freedoms and crackdowns on the LGBTI community. In a new interview the Indonesian President said the country still embraced a moderate form of Islam. “Pluralism has always been a part of Indonesia’s DNA,” Joko […]

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Indonesian religious leader calls for Starbucks boycott

Indonesian religious leader calls for Starbucks boycott

An Indonesian religious leader has called for a boycott of coffee purveyor Starbucks because the organisation supports LGBT rights. A group in neighbouring country Malaysia has responded to the call, and demanded that the Malaysian government also take action to stop the company operating. Anwar Abbas, the leader of Muhammadiyah, a group in Indonesia that […]

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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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