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A revised version of Indonesia’s criminal code, set to beLh6XUZLIPFDnUDmvCYFe%[email protected]_$L9Js$S passed by the country’s parliament this month, would be “disastrous” for LGBT people, rights groups have warned.

The new criminal code includes a number of articles that could be used to cri)[email protected]*gWVt&h1Q([email protected](-0gGn!J+minalize LGBT people in a country where gay is currently legal but has witnessed a crackdown on its LGBT community.

It also includes attacks on free speech anisq=h^A)Zx#uvj%#%*sNbo!vffBZq23Ygv2%5^c(y6nyq#CqhZd contraception in the name of protecting religion.

“Indonesia’s draft criminal code is disastrous not only for women and religious and gender minorities, but for aUkZCW_ghNKnaiHFHQEX$gosu%TETMa)Lg6Ri=1w$-gCS!xNyGoll Indonesians,” said Andreas Harsono, senior Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch.

“Lawmakers shoJK_K66EBG=hz7ckP9!EJ%W_1_0xD!UrU0)WtP*zK#[email protected]uld remove all the abusive articles before passing the law.”

Among thCTJ$na%1O)YV!Mht0J*^j$lv4fByXRoQy8Fz_5Fr))zRjHU28ie worrying codes, Article 421 criminalizes “obscene acts” in public with a penalty of up to six months in prison.

HRW this could easily be used to target LZTNdpQlDdU*TgJB)[email protected]$be%m57F*vzE98#SH5xWTMZGBT people.

Article 417, meanwhile, punishes extramarita9D)1uAPV6BD$zSbTIRRM%TlOHCA)CpM=^w7LC4eEERM2pzTzUGl sex by up to one year in jail. 

"Since same-sex relationships are not legally recognized in Indonesia, this provision effectively criminal7GKPo-p_#FiEjjVch9v6EbMbMJq#7+9zvOC=VLfQNgMM^7YcU7izes all same-sex conduct” HRW says.

What’s more, Articl[email protected]%bHMzibSi^b4jFH%b1Quea!r(KljlvjQkX%nJv7%^np881e 413 criminalizes the production or distribution of pornography.

CurrentlycW_YdG!VjVd*#k-vV#nlcsDgKWXFl^K-vI4ID0-g&M_sO(yCh), Indonesian authorities often use pornography laws to target LGBT people.

Anti-LGBTI crackdown

Since 2016, Indonesia has seen waves of anti-LGBTI hysteriIQdxCkobCXuuR_B0pwd99Z39s1GrOlCc^5gEkNKP1%tO%-#z(4a.

Homosexuality is not currently illegal in most of the country. In the province of Aceh, and forieLmc0QG0%@abSWxvuG89I5MJ0l+F&4r-h!Pdjob71HbmfBXrC Muslims in the city of Palembang, it is illegal under Sharia Law.

Religious and political leaders have been whipping up hatred against the LGBTI community fGCJQ%4y5VTeb+3L5O#7*R=W&AN2LHA*ZMD$18wrJAdwBUZBepUor the last three years.

The crackdown has seen police raids on LGBTI clubs *8bjG1XmARuF^eaK(DopuAdUT0$iRFDbd4%=-s)@[email protected]_ai$h8Qand saunas, publications, and even HIV charities.

Authorities also introduced local by-laws to drive aMvplEjj_k3sy-v+^McF5t0_XEzz+V2I&YESZrOcf(bwW(EPD2out their LGBTI populations or used archaic pornography laws to prosecute.

That’s why most remaitNnWWAG0t!+%gtMCTN82wSf!i%#@5S7sRd6wMlxZ)Tp!c!b+W1n in the closet, living in fear.

This year, mayor of Padang in the province of West Sumatra said he was using the military (TNI) to search for and arrest LGBTI people.

Mahyeldi Ansharullah said, once caught, tu01$%[email protected](60oh-nJcbB)oCN#hnZZ#[email protected]=he LGBTI people were ‘coached’ by the TNI. They also used conversion therapy techniques.

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