Video captures the moment two gay men are assaulted by Indonesian vigilantes who caught them having sex and then turned them over to religious police. The shaky footage appears to show a young man covering his head while talking on the phone, before he is struck and rocks backwards on a bed. The pair are to go on trial in an Islamic court for having gay sex and could receive strokes of the cane if found guilty, officials in the conservative province of Aceh said, sparking calls for their release. Aceh is the only province in Muslim-majority Indonesia that criminalises same-sex relations and that uses sharia as its legal code in addition to the national criminal code.
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Traditional mores disapprove of homosexuality and transitioning , which impacts public policy. Indonesian same-sex couples and households headed by same-sex couples are not eligible for any of the legal protections available to opposite-sex married couples. Most parts of Indonesia do not have a sodomy law and do not currently criminalise private, non-commercial gay acts among consenting adults, yet Indonesian law does not protect the LGBT community against discrimination and hate crimes. In Aceh , and for Muslims in the city of Palembang , homosexuality is illegal under Islamic Sharia law, and punishable by flogging.
Selama beberapa pekan terakhir, komunitas lesbian, gay, biseksual, dan transgender LGBT Indonesia diterjang gelombang anti-homoseksualitas. Berbagai pejabat mengeluarkan pernyataan yang memojokan kaum LGBT, bahkan dengan argumentasi yang ganjil. Dan pemerintah Presiden Jokowi sejauh ini, seperti tak berbuat apa-apa untuk menurunkan ketegangan dan menenangkan kaum LGBT.
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Two men accused of having sex with each other were each sentenced on Wednesday to 85 lashes in public, the first case of people being punished for homosexuality in the Indonesian province of Aceh under a strict version of Shariah law. The sentences alarmed rights activists, who called the punishment excessive and a dangerous turn of events in Aceh, a semiautonomous province that has imposed a strict version of Shariah, the legal code of Islam. News reports said that vigilantes had caught the two men naked in bed, and that the two had pleaded not to be reported to the Shariah police.