Showing posts with label Indonesia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Indonesia. Show all posts

December 8, 2016

Gay Indonesians on Hair Raising Alert Due to Current Anti Gay Actions




In many Muslim countries you are starting to see more
 governments outlaw the action on this picture





Homophobic rhetoric is nothing new in Indonesian politics. In recent months, elected officials have labeled gay Indonesians as morally corrupt, inconsistent with national values, and "worse than nuclear warfare." 
But the recent arrest of several gay men at a private party in south Jakarta's Kalibata City was a shock for many, both because the raid was led by the right-wing Islamic Defender's Front (FPI) party and because the police actually followed their lead.
FPI has been emboldened in recent months by the success of initiatives like their huge rallies against Jakarta's ethnic Chinese governor, Basuki "Ahok" Tjahaja Purnama. With little opposition from President Joko Widodo and other mainstream politicians, the group has become brazenly divisive.
Moral decay
 Earlier this year, he said, many prominent officials had a "sort of meltdown" where they goaded each other into making inflammatory statements like that of Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu, who compared homosexuality to nuclear war.
"And what mainstream politicians decided to do was keep quiet, so as not to fan the flames of extremists," Knight said. But silence had the opposite effect, and ultimately let their voices echo unchecked.
The acronym LGBT — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender — has become so symbolically loaded in Indonesia, Knight said, that politicians use it as shorthand for a whole set of liberal values. "I wouldn't be surprised if some of them didn't even know what it stood for," he said.
The FPI, Knight added, has turned gay rights into a wedge issue to drum up middle-class moral outrage before regional elections in January and February.
"I think the phrase LGBT is a cheap way of appealing to ‘moral voters,’ and Islamic parties are using this to get votes," said prominent gay rights activist Dede Oetomo.
But this strategy might not have its desired effects. Journalist and Indonesia expert Elizabeth Pisani analyzed hundreds of sharia-inspired bylaws and found that "morality-based" legislation does not translate into popularity with voters.
Although anti-gay and religiously intolerant laws win local politicians the support of hardliners like FPI, she found, the politicians who champion them are less likely to get re-elected than their moderate peers.
 The Kalibata City incident


"The fact that FPI could enter private premises is worrying," Oetomo said. "There are now different levels of reality within Indonesia, because the hardliners are so intent on turning their worldview into action."
The FPI has attacked LGBT events since at least 2002, when they disrupted a film festival in Surabaya. But until recently, Oetomo said, their position tended to be perceived as fringe.
In the Kalibata City raid, police confiscated 17 cellphones, two packs of condoms and antiretroviral drugs for HIV/AIDS, according to local newspaper Warta Kota. None of these things, nor the act of homosexual intercourse, are illegal.
"It's this pattern of behavior where the police take militant Islamists’ ‘tips’ seriously, which is not at all surprising," Knight said. "But the chilling effect that the police send even just by showing up … is that the social sanction comes from on high and gets interpreted as open season on LGBT people." Plus, he said, the immediacy with which FPI could claim credit for the incident on Twitter and disseminate its message to sympathetic citizens is unprecedented. 
If FPI retains popular support for its LGBT stance, it may succeed in passing all or part of a proposed ban on homosexuality. In 2014, the Indonesian Ulama Council (MUI), an umbrella Muslim organization that includes FPI, issued a detailed fatwa against LGBT relations. The fatwa's rhetoric has inspired the proposed legislation.
"MUI doesn't have law enforcement capabilities, but we just wanted to remind the government of Indonesia that the LGBT movement endangers Indonesian culture and Indonesia is not the same as Western countries that allow LGBT relations," said Nadjamuddin Ramly, Deputy Secretary-General of MUI.
 MUI perceives LGBT visibility as a threat to heterosexual marriage. According to the fatwa, “the institution of marriage is the only legitimate institution in channeling sexual desire and organize the household and the community."

Community watches, waits
"I'm very angry," said Anggun Pradesha, a transwoman activist and filmmaker in Yogyakarta. "FPI's hatred is strange. On the basis of some distaste, they feel so obligated to diminish the rights of other human beings." 
Pradesha was rattled by the Kalibata incident. "What those men did was not illegal," she said. "What does that mean for the rest of us?" 
She pointed out the slight absurdity of the whole concept of "LGBT" within Indonesia, as it groups together a centuries-old social category of transgender, or third-gender, individuals with homosexuals. But she welcomed the incidental kinship and its strength in numbers: all the better to persevere with.

August 29, 2016

ISIS 18 Yr Old Guy Has a Bomb Malfunction During Church Attack

Isis bomber attacks Catholic priest with axe during Sunday Mass
The suspect was taken in for questioning (Picture: EPA)

An Isis suicide bomber attacked a Catholic priest with an axe during Sunday Mass – but failed to set off an explosive device.
The priest, Albert Pandiangan, was injured after he was stabbed in the arm in a church in Medan on the island of Sumatra, Indonesia, police said.
  
However, the 18-year-old attacker was restrained by brave churchgoers who rushed to the priest’s aid.
Pictures from inside the church show a young man covered in blood after the incident.
Local chief detective Nur Fallah said: ‘Somebody tried to kill the priest by pretending to attend the church service and at that time tried to explode something, like a firecracker, but the firecracker didn’t explode, it only fumed.’
Indonesian antibomb squad carry an explosive from the Santo Yosef chuch after a man tried to attack a priest in Medan on August 28, 2016.   A knife-wielding attacker in Indonesia stabbed a Catholic priest and tried to set off an explosive device at a church on, police said, the latest in a string of attacks on religious minorities in the mainly Muslim country. / AFP PHOTO / HAKIM RANGKUTIHAKIM RANGKUTI/AFP/Getty Images
The incident happened during Mass in a packed church (Picture: Getty)
epa05512597 Indonesian mobile brigade policemen stand guard after an attempted suicide bombing by an unidentified man at St. Yoseph Catholic Church in Medan, Indonesia, 28 August 2016. An unidentified man attempted a suicide bombing with a small bomb and only injured himself, with no other casualties reported.  EPA/STR
Armed soldiers stood guard after the attack (Picture: EPA)

The drama unfolded when the teenager left a bench, ran towards the priest and allegedly attempted to detonate a bomb in his backpack, national police spokesman Maj. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said.
Fallah described it as a ‘homemade explosive device’.
  
He then attacked Mr Pandiangan, 60, who was taken to hospital with slight injuries.
Eyewitness Markus Harianto Manullan said: ‘He sat in the same row as I did. I saw him fiddling with something in his jacket, and then I heard a small explosion and he immediately ran to the podium.’
Police have interrogated the teenager.


Metro.co.uk 

February 17, 2016

Gay Panic In Indonesia Threatens U.N.Youth Cultural Help



                                                                        

The “LGBT panic” in Indonesia continues. After pushing to get rid of “gay emoticons”, religious leaders and Indonesian politicians are now going after a much more serious target - an initiative by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) aimed at protecting LGBT rights.
On Sunday, Tengku Zulkarnain, the secretary general of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), Indonesia’s top clerical body, declared that the UNDP’s “Being LGBTI in Asia” initiative would destroy Indonesian culture.

"We are not a primitive nation or a nation that does not have a culture. The values of the noble nation of Indonesia will be destroyed [by this program], our religious and cultural values,” Zulkarnain told Republika.

He justified his statement by repeating the same things most Indonesian leaders use to justify their hatred of LGBT individuals: that all religions reject LGBT individuals (not true) and that Indonesian culture reject all elements of LGBT (from a historical perspective, also not true).
“(If the UNDP funding is true) it means that they are deliberately seeking to destroy Indonesia in terms of religion and culture,” Zulkarnain said.

Chairman of House Commission VIII Saleh Partaonan Daulay echoed Zulkarnain’s comments, saying that the UNDP funds should not be directed towards Indonesia because all religions and cultures in Indonesia reject LGBT.
“The UNDP cannot equate Indonesia with other countries. Indonesia is special. Our religion and culture are very different. It should not to be confused with other countries," the PAN politician told reporters on Saturday as quoted by Detik.
Saleh then urged the government to carefully oversee the UNDP initiative since it could cause “social unrest”.

It’s easy to see why this would become a hot button issue in the Indonesian media since it smacks of “foreign cultural imperialism”. But the UNDP’s program was actually started back in 2014, and somehow it was not an issue (and it certainly didn’t cause any social unrest) until the recent moral panic over gay rights made it one.

Religious and political leaders are also acting as if the UNDP’s funds are going towards some sort of “gay recruitment” program that has the goal of turning all of Indonesia’s kids gay. 
As outlined on the official UNDP website, “The Being LGBTI in Asia” initiative is aimed at “advancing the well-being of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people, and reducing inequality and marginalization on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity”.
Specific goals of the initiative are to help LGBT individuals know their rights and have access to justice to report human rights violations. 

So the UNDP’s program is simply aimed at protecting members of the LGBT community, who are among the most persecuted and marginalized in all of Indonesian society (and increasingly so) and who constantly face the threat of violence and discrimination.
As Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs Luhut Binsar Panjaitan said, LGBT individuals are still Indonesian citizens with equal rights under the law that must be protected. If MUI and the Indonesian politicians condemning the UNDP's initiative want to say that LGBT individuals should have no rights and should not be given the protection afforded to them by the Indonesian constitution as Indonesian citizens, then just say that. But don’t pretend this is some kind of cultural imperialism.

September 22, 2014

100 Lashes for Gays in Aceth- Indonesia


                                                                       
                                                                      

Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia’s staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights.   

BANDA ACEH: Gay sex could be punishable by 100 lashes of the cane in Indonesia's staunchly conservative Aceh province if parliament passes a draft law that critics say violates basic human rights. Aceh is the only part of the world's biggest Muslim-majority nation to enforce Islamic sharia law and has been slowly implementing it since 2001, when it gained some powers of autonomy.
A draft bylaw sent to AFP on Saturday outlaws anal sex between men and "the rubbing of body parts between women for stimulation", and for the first time applies Islamic laws and punishments to non-Muslims. The bylaw also punishes adultery with 100 lashes of the cane.
The bylaw reinforces previous sharia legislation that bans alcohol consumption, gambling, fraternising between unmarried men and women, and physical displays of affection outside of marriage, such as touching and kissing.
Canings in Aceh are often carried out with a long thin rattan stick and are aimed at humiliating, rather than causing pain. The bylaw allows for fines paid in gold or jail time as an alternative to the lashes. Eight men on Friday were caned for gambling in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh, as around 1,000 watched, some filming and cheering.
 The draft is a watered-down version of a bylaw that prompted international outrage when it was passed by Aceh's parliament in 2009 as it included stoning to death as punishment for adultery. It was later overturned by the provincial governor.
Aceh Party's Ramli Sulaiman, who heads the commission that drafted the law, said the majority of members in the parliament appeared to support the draft and that it could be passed as early as Monday. "We have studied the implementation of sharia in countries like Saudi Arabia, Brunei Darussalam and Jordan to draft this law and we are happy with it," he said. But the director general of regional autotomy at the ministry of home affairs, Djohermansyah Djohan, said earlier that his department could shoot the law down if it violated human rights.
Amnesty International has expressed concern over the bylaw and has called for an end to caning in Aceh, saying it goes against international laws on torture and rights, as well as Indonesia's own constitution.
The province, which is often referred to as the veranda of Mecca, gained special autonomy in a pact with Jakarta aimed at quelling a decades-long separatist movement. Indonesia has the world's biggest Muslim population, but the vast majority practise a moderate form of the faith.

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