Two Indonesian Men ‘Sentenced To Public Caning For Having Gay Sex’


Two men caught having sex have been sentenced by a religious court in the Indonesian province of Aceh to receive 85 strokes of a cane at a public ceremony.

The ABC reported men, aged 20 and 23, were prosecuted under Aceh’s strict sharia law and are reportedly the first people to be convicted of homosexuality in Indonesia.

The pair will be caned during a public ceremony on May 23 in the city of Banda Aceh, ahead of the beginning of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan.

The pair have been in police custody since early April, after a group of neighbours broke down the door of the home of one of the men and found them in bed together.

In confronting video footage, the vigilantes can be seen beating and insulting the pair as they plead with their accusers not to report them to police.

The ABC reported that according to prosecution documents, the pair were punished for damaging the province’s reputation.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but in 2001 the Aceh parliament was granted autonomy to implement their own Islamic laws to end a civil war in the region.

Amnesty International’s South-East Asia Deputy Director Josef Benedict called on authorities to quash the men’s conviction immediately.

“The Aceh authorities must immediately revoke the conviction and the caning sentences and end the use of this punishment, which constitutes cruel, inhuman and degrading punishment and may amount to torture,” he said.

“These men were subjects of an ambush by their neighbours who stormed into their home, filmed them and handed them over to the Sharia police.

“Every human being has a right to privacy, a right to enter consensual relations, and a right to physical protection.”

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