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Troubling Trend of Anti-LGBT Actions

Authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province publicly flogged two gay men 77 times each on Thursday after a vigilante mob raided their apartment in November, allegedly caught them having sex, and handed them over to the police. The whipping—recognized as…
A Shariah law official uses a rattan cane to whip one of two men convicted of gay sex in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia, January 28, 2021. 
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Harmful Provisions in Bill Should Be Rejected Outright

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced on Friday he wanted parliament to delay its vote on the country’s proposed new criminal code. The pending bill contains dozens of articles that violate the rights of women, religious minorities,…
LGBT activists protest the planned revision to Indonesia’s criminal code outside parliament in Jakarta, Indonesia, February 12, 2018.
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Officials Shut Down Student News Website Over Story ‘Promoting Homosexuality’

A student news website in Indonesia that published a story about a woman expressing her love for another young woman was ordered by university officials to shut down its entire news operation after the story went viral. North Sumatra University (…
The newsroom of student website Suara USU at the North Sumatra University in Medan, which is facing closure. University President Runtung Sitepu ordered the newsroom to be shut down and the office to be vacated in 48 hours on March 27, 2019 after the webs
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Militant Islamists, Military, and Local Residents Storm Office

This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined by Indonesian soldiers and local…
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Encourages Users to Report People Suspected of ‘Heresy’

Following your own religious beliefs shouldn’t be a crime, but in Indonesia, new technologies are helping authorities identify and potentially prosecute religious minorities who follow “deviant teachings.” On November 22,…
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Viral Video Captures Latest Attack on LGBT Community

Police in Indonesia’s Lampung province were caught on video arresting and humiliating three transgender women, known as waria, the latest incident of rising state-sanctioned violence against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT…
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Regional Rights Group Warns of Religious Hatred, Vigilantism Imperiling Democracy

The Indonesian government’s failure to address growing intolerance for religious minorities and the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community has drawn renewed criticism from Southeast Asian lawmakers. The ASEAN…
Muslim protesters hold an anti-LGBT rally outside a mosque in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia February 2, 2018 in this photo taken by Antara Foto. Antara Foto/Irwansyah Putra/
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Rebuke of Beauty Parlor Arrests in Aceh Should Prompt Wider Inquiry

Indonesia’s police chief General Tito Karnavian has ordered his provincial head in Aceh province to question a subordinate about raids his forces conducted over the weekend on beauty parlors where transgender women worked. On…
Indonesia’s National Police chief, Gen. Tito Karnavian, at police headquarters in Jakarta, October 17, 2016.
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Raids Conducted Under Discriminatory Local Religious Laws

Indonesian police and Sharia (Islamic law) police jointly raided five hair salons owned by transgender women in Aceh province on Saturday. They arrested 12 waria, or trans women, forced them to strip off their shirts, and cut their hair in public.…
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Bigoted Remarks Make Tolerance Plea Ring Hollow

Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin has a mixed messaging problem. On Monday, he called for Indonesia’s beleaguered lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population to be, “nurtured, not…
Indonesia’s Religious Affairs Minister Lukman Hakim Saifuddin.
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Incident Underscores Sharia Threat to LGBT People

Militant Islamist vigilantes targeted a group of transgender women attending a birthday celebration in Indonesia’s Aceh province on Saturday. The mob alerted the local Sharia (Islamic law) police, who detained seven women in Banda…
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House Speaker Using Defamation Laws to Silence Critics

Dyann Kemala Arrizzqi’s Instagram feed is filled with her travel photos, demonstrations of her prowess at traditional Balinese dance poses, and wry memes. But now the content of her Instagram feed may get her sent to an Indonesian…
The speaker of Indonesia's parliament Setya Novanto talks to reporters in Jakarta, Indonesia, July 18, 2017.
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Sharia Punishment, Including for Same-Sex Relations, Imposed in Aceh

More than 530 people have been publicly flogged in Indonesia’s Aceh province since a new Islamic criminal code was enacted in October 2015, new figures show. People caned include hundreds of men and women punished for “victimless crimes…
An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017.
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Government Inaction Fosters Police Use of Pornography Law to Target LGBT People

Indonesian police in Jakarta raided a sauna popular with gay men on Friday night, arresting 51 people.  It's the latest in a slew of actions targeting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the country. Most…
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A Missed Chance to Stand Strong for Embattled Minority

This week at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Indonesia accepted two recommendations from UN member countries to improve the situation for sexual and gender minorities – a good step. But after 18 months of government-…
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All Government Agencies Should Follow Suit

Indonesia’s Attorney General’s Office announced this week that it had rescinded a job notice that not only barred lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) applicants, but suggested homosexuality was a “mental illness.” …
Indonesia's Attorney General Muhammad Prasetyo speaks to journalists about the upcoming executions at the Presidential Palace in Jakarta, Indonesia April 28, 2015.
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Global Outrage Over Public Caning of Gay Men Spurs Sly Rethink

The authorities in Aceh – Indonesia’s only province that implements full Sharia (Islamic law) – clearly feel stung by the international outcry they generated when police publicly flogged two gay men in May. Their solution, it appears,…
An Indonesian man is publicly caned for having gay sex in Banda Aceh, Aceh province, Indonesia May 23, 2017.
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Court Ruling Opens the Way to Marriage Equality

Taiwan’s constitutional court this week paved the way for marriage equality in the country by striking down the legal definition of marriage as “between a man and a woman.” The landmark decision declared this limited…
Supporters hug each other during a rally after Taiwan's constitutional court ruled that same-sex couples have the right to legally marry, the first such ruling in Asia, in Taipei, Taiwan May 24, 2017.
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Scapegoating Can’t Hide Intolerance-Fueling Policy Failures

Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has an unlikely scapegoat for the country’s rise in religious intolerance and sectarianism: democracy. Jokowi declared on Wednesday that democracy in Indonesia “has gone too far.” He blamed growing Islamic…
Members of the hardline group Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) protest outside the National Police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, January 16, 2017.
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Transgender People Detained for Violating ‘Religious Values’

Indonesian police are once again helping carry out the anti-lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) agenda of militant Islamists. Last week, police in South Sulawesi province canceled a public sports and cultural event…
A group opposing the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community prepares to confront a pro-LGBT group planning on staging a counter protest at Tugu Monument in Yogyakarta on Feb. 23.