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29 May 2017

Indonesian Police Launch Anti-LGBT Taskforce in West Java

Indonesia’s most populous province deploy a task force to investigate LGBT in the region amid crackdown on homosexuality in the country.

West Java police will deploy a specialist task force in the region to investigate LGBT activity, according to West Java police chief Anton Charliyan.

The police said the unit would include intelligence specialists and was particularly concerned with disrupting “secret parties,” according the Detik news portal.

"I hope there are no followers in West Java, no gay or LGBT lifestyle or tradition, Charliyan reportedly said. "If there's anyone following it, they will face the law and heavy social sanctions. They will not be accepted in society."

A national spokesman for the police, Setyo Wasisto, said the approach in West Java did not reflect a national strategy.

The news came in the same week as two gay men in the province of Aceh were publicly flogged police raided a gay club in Jakarta and distributed photos of suspects to the media.

A leading LGBT activist slammed his remarks, according to Reuters. “Police have a mandate to follow the law. They are not the morals police,” said Yuli Rustinawati, chairperson of Arus Pelangi, an Indonesian LGBT activist organization.

Reader's Comments

1. 2017-05-30 14:48  
This inhuman violation of human rights can not be tolerated. All people gay and straight should stand up for human rights and do everything they can to stop this abuse by the Indonesian government and police.
2. 2017-06-01 03:36  
More and more attention needs to be utilized in this outrageous gay witch hunt in West Java. More global attention is a good thing! When you shine the light on bullies most generally they scurry back to their holes.
3. 2017-06-01 04:33  
this is just plain wrong! you just don't use violence on people for ANY reason, talk about a backwards country, honey! too much!
4. 2017-06-01 10:08  
I guess someone missed the memo that this is the 21st CENTURY ! Pathetic dinosaurs !
5. 2017-06-01 13:24  
So they spy on gays and try to trick them, like the army in South Korea? Wonderful, democracy is thriving. But the West Java police is behind, a university initiated it last year:


6. 2017-06-01 15:02  
There are no anti-sodomy laws to speak of in which they can prosecute a person for a sexual act. They only tool that they have is their vague and obsequious anti-pornography law which they seem to drag out when the time and occassion suits them and then try and spin a new wrinkle in the way that they interpret the vaguaries of that law.

It should be noted that hetrosexual acts (sexting and videos with sexual content) have landed hetrosexual people in trouble with jail terms as well over there care of the anti-pornography law.

Seems to me thats the law that needs to be challenged to remove or reduce the possibility of repeating nonsense like this. As usual its all about religious nutters and god botherers trying to run the show again...
7. 2017-06-14 04:20  
another example of Asians having a LONG LONG LONG ways to go in their acceptance of gays and homosexuality, especially with these Indonesians, they will never learn

again, blame their rice diets, rice makes ya hate
8. 2017-06-15 07:02  
indonesians are big time haters, no wonder why they got so much volcanoes blowing up in their country and tidal waves crashing all over the place, you payin the price of hate, honey!
9. 2017-06-19 01:04  
correct me if i am wrong but is it the muslim religion causing all those problems or is it just peoples cultural thinking there?
10. 2017-06-23 20:02  

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