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October 23, 2018

Two Men Arrested for Creating a Facebook Page for Gays in Indonesia

Indonesia has arrested two people in Java island for running a Facebook page for gays, accusing them of publishing pornography, the media reported today.
In 2015, the couple had set up a Facebook page "Gay Bandung Indonesia", with more than 4,000 members.
West Java police spokesperson Trunoyudo Wisnu Andiko told Efe news that the two were arrested on Thursday and those investigations by the public prosecutor's office were underway.
Once they are formally charged under the Law on Electronic Information and Transactions (EIT), the two could face a maximum of six years in prison and a fine of up to one billion rupiahs ($66,000) if convicted.
According to Andreas Harsono of Human Rights Watch Indonesia, this was the first time that the EIT law was being used against the LGBT community.
It was earlier used to crack down on pornography, he added.
Aceh, in Sumatra island, is the only province in Indonesia where homosexuality is illegal.
The arrests are being seen as yet another assault on the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community in the country.

In February, the country's Information Ministry had blocked more than 200 mobile applications and websites with content related to homosexuality.

Indo-Asian News Service 

July 3, 2018

The Ignorant Fools in Indonesia's Gov Do Not Know Their LGBT Crack Down Has Resulted in An HIV Epidemic

 Stupidity goes well with ignorance and bigotry. How would you like people to treat you?

"There is very little homophobia left for those who educated themselves now what is left is stupidity and ignorance."

You will figure than in this day and age a leader of a country would know that cracking down on the LGBTQ Community spreads HIV which becomes AIDS. WHY? Because if you are afraid of the government and the institutions you are not going to get tested and this will make the virus to spread. Not knowing is Death. It happened in the US, UK  in Millions and lastly in Russia and China and Now in Indonesia. In the Phillipines the governemnt change the way they were going in treatment of HIV.  But heir previous behaviour towards LGBT and drug users is cost them to have at least half of the population be HIV. They have been lucky to have had the Clinton Foundation, Bill Gates and others. Still the costs associated with that should have taught them what a stupid thing is to follow that bigotted close minded policy. Now be prepared to pay for medicines and hospitalizartion and loosing a big part of your poppulation (both straight and gay).


new report by Human Rights Watch has found that persecution against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities in the world’s largest Muslim democracy is fueling a public health crisis and contributing to the spread of HIV.
Since 2016, police raids and arrests at private spaces such as clubs, saunas and salons have increased, alongside anti-LGBT rhetoric from government officials and state spokespersons. The report notes that these raids and state-led hostility poses a fundamental challenge to HIV outreach workers, who use these venues as safe spaces to carry out their work with LGBT communities through education programs on prevention and transmission, counseling support services and distribution of condoms and HIV testing kits.
“What’s shifted in the last two years is that the government and police have made it abundantly clear that it’s perfectly okay to hate LGBT people and to act on it,” Kyle Knight, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report, tells TIME. “Unless certain steps are taken to dial back on these raids, to create safe spaces for those to gather to gain information, to get safety, sense of dignity, community and privacy, this will spin out of control not just from a human rights perspective, but also from a public health perspective.”

HIV rates among gay men in Indonesia have increased five-fold from 5% in 2007 to 25% in 2015, according to government and UNAIDS data. Outreach workers and human rights observers worry that without access to education and other services — exacerbated by spiraling anti-LGBT rhetoric — the HIV epidemic among gay Indonesian men will become increasingly worse, particularly in major urban centers such as Denpasar and Jakarta. 
Dede Oetomo is an activist and founder of gay rights group Gaya Nusantara who has spearheaded Indonesia’s gay rights movement for over 30 years. Speaking to TIME after delivering a training session with local outreach workers, he says the changes in Indonesia’s environment for LGBT people have affected the way he carries out his work. “Starting with democratization in 1998, that gave us hope that we could do our activities in the democratic way, and that we could demand change and legislation. Just this morning I saw an old newspaper article that was from 10 years ago, when we were able to do a national training for activists in the open. There were no secrets about it,” he says. “Now, starting around 2015, the situation has changed. It’s difficult to publicize our training and programs, so we have to do things on a smaller scale.” He says his organization can’t even post pictures on social media: “If we are too open, we might be stopped by Islamist groups, ironically with the help of the police.” Oetomo says that in recent years, Gaya Nusantara has had some of its campaigns and events canceled and reported to the police.  

A nationwide anti-LGBT “moral panic” is making outreach to these vulnerable populations much harder, HRW found, making the spread of the disease more likely. According to the report, only 50% of gay men have ever tested for HIV and out of those infected and in need of antiretroviral drugs, only 9% are currently taking the medication.
Off the back of recent provincial elections, and ahead of presidential elections next year, observers say the issue is being used to score political points. A proposed revision to the country’s criminal code that would outlaw same sex relations and sex outside marriage has been under debate since January, and was condemned by the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights as “inherently discriminatory.” Currently, the ultra-conservative Aceh province is the only part of Indonesia where consensual same-sex relationships are illegal.

“Criminalization and prosecution of the LGBT community is still persistent and has become more widespread in the last three years, as they have been political years in Indonesia,” says Ignatius Praptoraharjo, a researcher at the Center for HIV and AIDS research, Atma Jaya University of Jakarta. “Politicians are trying to use moral issues to get votes from the general public for the governor, president and mayoral elections.”
Combined with the crackdown and heightened discrimination against LGBT people, the impending health crisis threatens to force the community into total retreat. “The LGBT community in Indonesia has undergone a complete character assassination, and at a pragmatic level, outreach workers simply don’t know where to go,” Knight says, referring to the fear of raids from both vigilante groups and state security forces. “Those two fundamental shifts have left people concerned and completely anxious."

April 4, 2018

Band of Religious Zealots Arrested 4 Men for Suspicion of Having Sex With Other Men

(Indonesia) Canning a man on suspision of being gay (or having sex with another man)

BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) 
Rights activists called on Tuesday for Indonesia’s Aceh province to release four people detained on suspicion of having homosexual sex, amid concerns over the persecution of the LGBT community in the world’s third-largest democracy.
Secular Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but ultra-conservative Aceh is the only province to follow sharia, or Islamic law, and criminalise gay sex. 
Indonesia’s parliament is currently debating revisions to the national criminal code that could criminalise all sex outside marriage, including same-sex relations. Many believe the new rules could be used to unfairly target the LGBT community and other minority groups.
Authorities said the four suspects were rounded up by vigilantes and police and, if convicted, could face up to 100 lashes in public.
“We are completing their files and will soon hand over to prosecutors,” said Marzuki, head of sharia police investigations in the provincial capital, Banda Aceh. 
Human Rights Watch said the punishment “constitutes torture under international human rights law”.
“Acehnese authorities should release the four and protect the public from marauding vigilantes who target vulnerable minorities,” said Graeme Reid, director of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights programme at Human Rights Watch. 
The provincial and central governments drew international condemnation last year when, for the first time, Aceh authorities publicly caned two men who were convicted under the province’s anti-homosexuality laws, which were introduced in 2014. 
Vigilantes and religious police in Aceh often raid homes and places of work and detain people on suspicion of engaging in homosexual activity.
Aceh police detained 12 transgender women earlier this year and publicly shamed them by forcing them to cut their hair and dress in “masculine” clothing.
They were later released without charge, but activists say many have since gone into hiding for fear of further raids.
(Reporting by
 stringer in BANDA ACEH; Additional reporting and writing by Kanupriya Kapoor)
These crazies don't just go for gays. Time reported the following story in 2014 and thngs have not change much since then  because things change very slowly in these small provinces in Indonesia; What comes quickly is the dishing out of the punishment, many times on suspision only.

It all began when a group of eight men raided a woman’s home last week and caught a 25-year-old widow with a married man. Accusing them of adultery, the vigilantes, who included a 13-year-old boy, beat up the 40-year-old man, gang-raped the woman and doused the two with sewage before turning them over to the Shari‘a police.
Despite what happened, the Shari‘a police in Langsa, in the Indonesian province of Aceh, said it wouldn’t show any leniency and insisted the woman, along with her companion, would be caned in public for alleged adultery.
“They violated the religious bylaw on sexual relations,” the local Shari‘a police chief Ibrahim Latif told local media on Tuesday. “They have to be [caned] as a form of justice. The rapists will also be processed, but in a criminal court.”

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February 9, 2018

UN H.R. Chief Condemns and Warns Indonesia About Proposal to Criminalize Gays

During his three-day visit to Indonesia this week, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein criticized the Indonesian parliament’s proposal to criminalize gay and premarital sex, as reported by Reuters
Zeid believes that this proposal is ‘discriminatory’, stating in a news briefing on Wednesday:
“The hateful rhetoric against the LGBT community that is being cultivated seemingly for cynical political purposes will only deepen their suffering and create unnecessary divisions.”
This comes after the Indonesian parliament’s proposed revision of a Dutch colonial-era criminal code, which, if approved, will outlaw gay sex, extramarital sex, and cohabitation outside of marriage.
As of today, apart from the conservative Islamic province of Aceh, Indonesian law does not regulate homosexuality. However, in recent years, the country has experienced a rise in hostility toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. 
Activists have raised concerns that the proposed rules could violate basic human rights, but top officials, including President Joko Widodo himself, have said that the country’s cultural and religious norms do not support the LGBT movement.
The proposed rules have gained support from the majority of the members of parliament. Very few politicians have stood in protest, for fear of losing the largely conservative voter base for the upcoming legislative and presidential elections next year.
Zeid, who has been in this United Nations post since 2014, said that he raised these issues with President Joko Widodo during his visit, and has urged Indonesia to address past events and other human rights violations occurring in the country, including the use of death penalty.
“There are some dark clouds on the horizon but … I hope the common sense and strong tradition of tolerance of the Indonesian people will prevail over populism and political opportunism,” Zeid said.
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January 30, 2018

Transgender Women in Indonesia Detained After Forced Hair Cuts

A man cuts the hair of two transgender women, their faces blurred
The transgender women were forced to have their hair cut short

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Several beauty salons in Aceh province were raided over the weekend and transgender women working there taken to the local police station. 
The transgender women, who were also forced to wear men's clothes, will be held for three days.
Aceh is the only province in Indonesia that has strict Islamic religious law.
The move has been condemned by human rights groups.
Transgender women are known locally as waria, a word that combines the Indonesian words for men and women.
Local Police Chief Ahmad Untung Surianata told the BBC: "We are holding them for three days to give them counseling and coaching. It's going well and now they are all acting like real men."
While on the phone to the BBC, he yelled at the transgender women: "Are you still waria now?"
The transgender women lying on the floor, surrounded by police officers, after being arrested
Police raided the salons late on Saturday
They replied quietly, sounding clearly under pressure, that they were not.
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Police in Indonesia has detained 12 transgender women, cutting their long hair and saying they were "coaching" them to behave like "real men".
He said his team had carried out the raid, dubbed "Operation Anti Moral Illness", after neighbours complained about the "negative influence" the transgender community could have on their children. 
The Indonesian National Commission of Human Rights has condemned the raids, saying the police acted outside the law and their actions were inhuman.  
"All citizens deserve protection and to be treated equally," Commissioner Beka Ulung Hapsara told the BBC.
"After seeing photos of the raid and the information we have received so far about the raid, it's clear that they violated the police code of conduct. The job of the police should be to protect people, particularly the vulnerable." 
Aceh was granted special rights to introduce its own stricter Islamic laws more than a decade ago, and has become increasingly conservative in recent years.
While it is not against Sharia in Aceh to be transgender, gay sex is illegal, and last year two men became the first couple to be publicly caned for the act. Indonesia as a whole has a long and vibrant transgender culture and tradition, which has historically broadly been met with tolerance from the public, BBC Indonesian editor Rebecca Henschke reports. 
Members of a boarding school for transgender people perform during a fashion contest
 Transgender culture is accepted in other parts of Indonesia

In some parts of the archipelago, waria are revered as divine people.
But in recent years there has been rising anti-LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) sentiment across the country, with a wave of hatred directed towards the community from religious leaders and some of the country's leading politicians.
Even in the capital Jakarta - once a relatively safe space - police have carried out a series of raids on bars popular with the LGBT community, and jailed gay men caught in them under the country's controversial pornography laws.

December 26, 2017

Indonesia Crack Down Moves To Gay Men Homes from Bars

Steven Handoko in 2013, during a family trip to Singapore. Detained in a raid on a gay sauna in North Jakarta in May, Mr. Handoko, 25, has been sentenced to more than two years in prison by an Indonesian court. CreditHandoko family 
JAKARTA, Indonesia — Steven Handoko admits it wasn’t his most dignified moment. Naked as the day he was born, the bookish 25-year-old had been invited on stage by one of the strippers hired for a party at the Atlantis Gym.
That hardly qualified as outrageous behavior in the red-light district of Kelapa Gading in North Jakarta, where the Atlantis was located. Nearby were plenty of venues with suggestive names like the Playboy Sensation, massage parlors for straight men. The Atlantis was a gay sauna in a conservative country, but given the generally live-and-let-live milieu of the Indonesian capital’s night life, Mr. Handoko felt safe, if a little embarrassed.
But he wasn’t. Soon after he took the stage, the police stormed the premises. Officers herded naked, cowering men into the middle of the room and began taking photos, some of which — including one of Mr. Handoko — appeared on Indonesian social media within hours. He and 140 other men were taken away.
“When a future employer Googles me, this is what they will see,” Mr. Handoko, an aspiring journalist, said last week in an interview at Cipinang prison in Jakarta, where he has been held since the raid in May. 
This week, prosecutors notified Mr. Handoko’s family that he had been sentenced in absentia to two years and three months in prison, convicted of violating Indonesia’s antipornography law, which includes a ban on striptease performances.
Some of the 141 men detained in the raid on the Atlantis sauna in North Jakarta were marched past journalists in May. Indonesian news outlets have provided lurid coverage of the wave of arrests that began in late 2016. CreditTatan Syuflana/Associated Press 
In Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority country, homosexuality has generally been tolerated, if marginalized. But that began to change last year, when the authorities, under pressure from right-wing Islamic groups, started arresting gay men in what experts say are unprecedented numbers, raiding not just bars and saunas but hotel rooms and private apartments.
The crackdown began in November 2016, when the police broke up a party in South Jakarta and detained 13 men. The most recent incident was in October, when 51 men were arrested at what is thought to be Jakarta’s last gay sauna. (The Atlantis closed soon after the raid in May.)
Most of the hundreds of men swept up in the raids were released with no charges filed, and few cases have made it to trial. Nine other detainees from the Atlantis raid were sentenced last week to more than two years in prison.
But even men who weren’t charged have been subjected to humiliating scrutiny and lurid news coverage, with their photos often posted on social media. Indonesian news outlets breathlessly detailed services offered at the Atlantis, like mock jail cells for role playing, and speculated that it was a hub for prostitution.
The authorities have justified the raids by citing the pornography law’s loosely worded ban on material or actions that undermine public decency. Ade Armando, a communications professor at the University of Indonesia who helped draft the pornography statute, said the raids went well beyond the law’s intent.
“It is not fair. It is not right what the police are doing there,” Mr. Armando said. “Hotels are private places. The pornography law does not apply.”
Historically, gay and transgender Indonesians have been accepted — if poorly understood — as long as they married people of the opposite sex and had children, said Tom Boellstorff, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine, and author of “The Gay Archipelago: Sexuality and Nation in Indonesia.”
Gay men have been caned in public in the autonomous province of Aceh, where Shariah law is enforced. But in the vast majority of Indonesia, anti-gay violence has been rare, and persecution of gay people by the state has been even rarer. While vigilante groups sometimes got headlines by shutting down gay film festivals or transgender beauty pageants, such violence was not state-sanctioned, Mr. Boellstorff said.
“Most Indonesians had no idea what ‘gay’ meant,” he said. “This just was not on the government’s radar.”
But that has begun to change in the last few years, as Indonesian politicians have seen advantage in appealing to hard-line Islamic sentiment.
In early 2016, the minister of higher education banned an L.G.B.T. student group from the University of Indonesia campus. Later, the broadcasting regulator banned the depiction of gay characters or effeminate men on television.
The defense minister likened homosexuality to nuclear war: While a bomb blast over Jakarta would at least be contained, he said, tolerance for gays could spread dangerously throughout the country. President Joko Widodo spoke up for the rights of L.G.B.T. citizens late last year, but to little avail; the wave of raids began the next month.
Gay men have been subjected to public canings in the autonomous province of Aceh. But in most of Indonesia, homosexuality has generally been tolerated, if marginalized. CreditBeawiharta/Reuters 
Last week, a conservative group’s petition to ban all sex outside marriage, which would have effectively criminalized homosexuality, was narrowly rejected by Indonesia’s Constitutional Court.
Mr. Boellstorff said the current crackdown on gay men had no precedent. “Things are worse now than they have ever been in Indonesian history” for gay people, he said.
Rights advocates had been skeptical that Mr. Handoko and the other Atlantis defendants would get fair trials. The head judge, Pinta Uli Boru Tarigan, was criticized by Human Rights Watch in 2011 for expressing contempt for the Ahmadis, a minority Muslim sect, while overseeing the trial of men charged in a mob attack that killed three of them. Mr. Handoko said Judge Tarigan recounted the story of Sodom and Gomorrah at one of his hearings. 
“She had a poor record on human rights,” said Ricky Gunawan, a lawyer for the Community Legal Aid Institute in Jakarta, which specializes in human rights cases.
Mr. Handoko said his family hired a lawyer chosen by the police, and he entered a guilty plea that was essentially a carbon copy of the prosecution’s charges. A sister of Mr. Handoko, who asked not to be identified because she feared repercussions at her workplace, said the family had cooperated in hopes of a lenient sentence.
“We were worried that the court would be like quicksand,” she said. “The more you struggle, the quicker you sink.”
Mr. Handoko’s sister had suspected something was wrong on the night of the Atlantis raid, when he uncharacteristically failed to respond to text messages. The next day, fearing the worst after colleagues said they hadn’t heard from him, she left work early and drove home to be with her mother. On the way, cryptic messages of support began arriving from distant relatives.
At home she found her mother, a devout Christian, in tears — not just because her son had been arrested, but because he was gay.
Many Indonesians have struggled to put the news about the raids into context, because there are few positive examples of gay men in the popular media, Mr. Handoko’s sister said. There is no Indonesian equivalent of “Brokeback Mountain,” she said.
Mr. Handoko’s mother has been supportive since overcoming her initial shock, as have other family members and friends. About once a week, she braves Jakarta’s awful traffic, and the hour or so it takes to wind through security, to visit him in prison. His life there has been a dull routine of exercise, library and church. He said he hadn’t been mistreated.
But Mr. Handoko, referring bitterly to the “It Gets Better” campaign aimed at bullied gay youths, was not optimistic about what the future held for a gay man in Indonesia.
“It doesn’t get better, does it,” he said

December 21, 2017

Crack Down on Gay Men in Indonesia Continues Despite The Courts

FILE - One of two Indonesian men is publicly caned for having sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there are concerns over mounting hostility towards the small gay community, in Banda Aceh, May 23, 2017.
 Activists in Indonesia are warily celebrating the Constitutional Court's narrow rejection last week of a conservative group's petition to ban gay and extramarital sex.
The surprising 5-4 verdict in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation came during a long anti-LGBT crackdown that began in January 2016. The ruling, while welcomed by the LGBT community, does not end their battle for acceptance. The Constitutional Court’s decision focused more on the fact that it was the wrong venue to consider such a ban than on the human rights implications.
“I am relieved and feel so happy,” said Lini Zurlia, a gay rights activist in Jakarta after the Constitutional Court’s decision. “But I’m still worried about the next process at the legislative level,” she said. Parliament is expected to consider the ban.
FILE - A plainclothes policeman holds a rifle as he escorts suspects during a police investigation into a men's club after a weekend raid on what authorities described as a "gay spa" in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 9, 2017.
FILE - A plainclothes policeman holds a rifle as he escorts suspects during a police investigation into a men's club after a weekend raid on what authorities described as a "gay spa" in Jakarta, Indonesia, Oct. 9, 2017.
The same day the Constitutional Court ruled, a North Jakarta court sentenced eight gay men to more than two years in prison for taking part in a gay sex party at a sauna, which was recently shut down on the grounds it was the site of sex work. Analysts say the sentences are further evidence of how criminalization continues to affect Indonesia’s LGBT population.
Nebulous pornography law
The major legislation criminalizing LGBT people in Indonesia is not a sodomy law or ban on gay sex, but a vague “pornography law” that has been used to charge everyone from sexters to sex workers to sauna attendees. Just this year, more than 200 LGBT people were arrested under the pornography law. Due to this unchallenged law, the narrow court victory, and the ongoing crackdown, many LGBT Indonesians are on edge once more after the celebratory moment last Thursday.
FILE - Police officers escort men arrested in a raid on a gay sauna at North Jakarta police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 22, 2017.
FILE - Police officers escort men arrested in a raid on a gay sauna at North Jakarta police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, May 22, 2017.
The eight people charged were among 141 gay men detained at a raid last May on the Atlantis Gym and Sauna, a move that drew criticism from the international human rights community. The men were stripped and faced police questioning while naked. Most were released the next day.
Those charged included a director, strippers, a gym trainer, a receptionist and a security guard, according to the Associated Press. Activists have called the pornography law used to prosecute them a serious incursion into civil liberties.
The law prohibits sex parties and defines “‘deviant sexual acts’ to include: sex with corpses, sex with animals, oral sex, anal sex, lesbian sex, and male homosexual sex,” according to Human Rights Watch. It sometimes intersects with the Electronic Information and Transactions Law, which prohibits exchanging “indecent” material on digital platforms, effectively criminalizing actions like sharing nude photos.
The extremely broad sweep of the laws means they have ensnared Indonesians ranging from the sauna patrons to the prominent hardline Islamist cleric Habib Rizieq Shihab. Authorities put out an arrest warrant for him for allegedly exchanging explicit WhatsApp messages with a woman.
According to a 2013 Pew report, 93 percent of Indonesians believed homosexuality was not acceptable.
Last year, there was an acute “gay panic” in which, among other things, a transgender boarding school was shut down, a former minister called on the public to kill gay people, and the vice president personally attacked a United Nations program focused on LGBT rights.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo defended LGBT rights with a statement in October 2016, although he qualified it by saying, “In Indonesia… Islam does not allow [homosexuality].” He has been mostly silent on the issue since then.
“Yes, certainly stigma and discrimination against LGBT continues to exist,” said Christian Supriyadinata of Gaya Dewata, a gay and transgender rights group in Bali. “As long as policy holders and leaders continue to think in terms of norms and morality, the LGBT community will continue to face discrimination. Whereas LGBT has nothing to do with morality. Crimes can be committed by anyone.”
FILE - One of two Indonesian men is publicly caned for having sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there are concerns over mounting hostility towards the small gay community, in Banda Aceh, May 23, 2017.
FILE - One of two Indonesian men is publicly caned for having sex, in a first for the Muslim-majority country where there are concerns over mounting hostility towards the small gay community, in Banda Aceh, May 23, 2017.
Homosexuality is legal in Indonesia except in the semi-autonomous Aceh province, which observes Sharia, or Islamic law. Two young men were caned in Aceh after a group of vigilantes broke into their home and caught them having sex.

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