Gay rights hero Rodney Croome AM has urged Australia to take strong action on the world stage to challenge Indonesia’s proposed ban on extramarital sex, …
Human Rights Watch said that police in West Sumatra trawled Facebook and found images of two of the women hugging and kissing.
Documents and decrees reviewed by HRW suggest lists of allegedly gay and bisexual men could be handed over to authorities.
Aceh’s governor had decreed earlier this year that corporal punishments would only take place inside prisons or detention centres.
The measure is based on a report stating that “gays and bisexuals were at risk of emotional problems such as depression owing to identity crises while transsexuals are susceptible to mental diseases”.
“This is appalling. The Australian Government must let our Indonesian neighbours know that this is an outrageous violation of human rights”
The Indonesian province uses corporal punishment for crimes including gay sex.
Gay and bisexual men have allegedly been detained, tortured, and even killed in concentration camps in the region.