Indonesia: Investigate Police Raid on ‘Gay Party’

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09/06/2020

The Indonesian government should urgently investigate a police raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta that highlights the threat to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people in the country, Human Rights Watch said today. On September 2, 2020, police forcibly broke up a party at a hotel, arresting nine men and charging them under the discriminatory pornography law. The charges violate the rights to privacy, association, and equal protection of the law and should immediately be dropped. “This latest raid fits into a disturbing pattern of Indonesian authorities using the pornography law as a weapon to target LGBT people,” said Kyle Knight, senior LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. “The government has been inciting hostility toward LGBT people for several years, and there is no accountability for abuses such as police raids on private spaces.”

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