The United Nations (UN) is calling out Indonesia following the public flogging of two men accused of having gay sex and demanding the release of everyone detained on the basis of their sexual orientation. Corporal punishment for being gay continues in Indonesia.
UN spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said: "We are concerned by the detention, public humiliation and ill-treatment of men perceived to be gay in Indonesia."
Dujarric says there are troubling reports of violent attacks against LGBT people in the country, perpetuated by the media and some religious groups and the caning of the two men this week by Sharia police in the country's conservative Aceh province is just the latest example.
Dujarric says the public punishment for the men "violates multiple human rights standards including those on liberty, fair trial, integrity, privacy, dignity, equality before the law, non-discrimination and the absolute prohibition on torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment."
Therefore, the UN is calling for Indonesian authorities to release all individuals detained on the basis of their sexual orientation, provide those subjected to abuses with effective remedy and review legislation that contravenes Indonesia’s legal obligations, including local criminal legislation in Aceh.