Four People Arrested in Ache for Same-sex Conduct

Four people were arrested in Indonesia for same-sex conduct, which is considered a crime in the country, on April 4, 2018.

In Aceh, a semi-autonomous province, four people were detained under the Islamic Criminal Code. The four men who were caught, faced up to 100 lashes in public, which by international law is an act that constitutes torture.

Director of the LGBT+ rights program at HRW Graeme Reid said, “These vigilante raids and arbitrary detentions underscore the abusive and discriminatory nature of Aceh’s criminal code. Acehnese authorities should release the four and protect the public from marauding vigilantes who target minorities.

A hair salon was recently raided in the capital, detaining a man and a transgender woman due to alleged evidence of same-sex conduct. In January 2018, Aceh police raided five salons are arrested 12 people. They later released the men, however, humiliating the women, by kicking them and forcing them to roll over in the grass, for two nights.

In May 2017, a Sharia court, for the first time in history, sentenced two men to be publicly caned for gay sex.

In 2012, Illiza Aduddin, former deputy mayor said, “If we ignore it, it will be like an iceberg… Even if one case of homosexuality [is] found, it’s already a problem… [W]e are really concerned about the behaviour and activities of the gay community, because their behaviour is deviating from the Islamic Shariah.”

In Indonesia, Aceh is the only province that has legally adopted bylaws based on Islamic Sharia. This is the only province in the country that considers consensual sex between two people of the same sex, as an offence.

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