Faith and religion / Oceania

Conservative Indonesians vs. LGBTI rights

LGBTI Indonesians often are at odds with conservative Muslims in their quest for recognition of their human rights. Those confrontations pose particular difficulties, because Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population — more than 200 million, an estimated 95 percent of the total population. But many disputes beyond just faith-based ones are highlighted … Continue reading

Asia / Commentary

Activists to Indonesian leaders: Stifle anti-LGBT officials

Human Rights Watch is pleading for restraint and tolerance from Indonesian officials in order to protect LGBT citizens of Indonesia from harassment and persecution: Indonesia: Flurry of Anti-Gay Statements by Officials Condemn Bias; Pledge to Protect LGBT Groups Indonesia’s government should defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and publicly condemn … Continue reading

Africa / Asia

U.N. vs. anti-LGBTI laws; plus news in brief

In brief, here is recent news from countries with anti-LGBTI laws. These items are excerpted with slight modifications from UNAIDS’s Equal Eyes recap of the world’s LGBTI-related news:   UNAIDS released a new five year strategy to end the AIDS epidemic that calls for the removal of  76+ countries’ laws against same-sex sexual relations. The new … Continue reading

Asia / Faith and religion

Indonesia: Detention, ‘rehab’ for 2 women who hugged

The Associated Press reported on Oct. 3: 2 suspected Indonesian lesbians to undergo ‘rehabilitation’ BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Two suspected lesbians detained earlier this week by Islamic Shariah police in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province will undergo what an official described Saturday as “rehabilitation,” and won’t be charged with a crime. The women, 18 and 19 … Continue reading


Human rights official blasts anti-LGBTI bias in Indonesia

From Indonesia’s Jakarta Post: The chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Hafid Abbas has called for an end to discrimination and stigma against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, urging the government to issue more supportive regulations. “They have been marginalized, inflicted with violence, isolation. It cannot be justified. … Continue reading

Asia / Faith and religion

Indonesian region OKs whipping for gay sex, adultery

The Indonesian province of Aceh on Sept. 27 approved a bill that converts  strict Islamic Sharia rules on morality into the province’s criminal law, including a punishment of 100 lashes for homosexuality and extramarital sex, Australia’s SBS News and BuzzFeed reported. The law, which also applies to non-Muslims, also punishes the drinking of alcohol, gambling, and … Continue reading