Two Gay Men Publicly Caned In Indonesia’s Aceh Province


Man accused of gay sex in Aceh in Indonesia is caned in public

Two men accused of having gay sex have been publicly caned 87 times each in the Indonesian province of Aceh.

On Friday, Aceh officials staged the public canings of the two men and 13 others in front of a crowd of 300 people who jeered during both of their punishments, CNN reported.

Aceh is the only province of Muslim-majority Indonesia that follows strict Islamic Sharia law, which includes public beatings for crimes like theft, gambling, and adultery.

Homosexuality is also outlawed across the province, carrying a penalty of up to 100 lashes.

Last May, the public caning of two Indonesian men was met with international outrage and Aceh governor Irwandi Yusuf pledged to carry out future canings behind closed doors.

Homosexuality isn’t illegal in the rest of Indonesia, but police in the Muslim-majority country have used Indonesia’s strict anti-pornography legislation to target members of the LGBTI community in recent years.

Police in Aceh detained 12 transgender women earlier this year and publicly shamed them by forcibly cutting their hair and ordering them to dress in “masculine” clothing.

Human rights groups said they’ve helped transport people out of Aceh to Indonesian capital Jakarta or elsewhere and provide them with shelter, job training, counselling and food.

The enforcement of Sharia law in Aceh has “had a chilling effect on the basic rights to security and freedom of expression for Aceh’s deeply marginalized LGBT community,” according to a 2017 report from Human Rights Watch.

Human Rights Watch stated that LGBTIQ people in the state “live in a spiraling climate of fear … [and] face ever-present harassment, arbitrary arrests and detention by Sharia and municipal police, and threats of torture.”