TAlthough homosexuality is legal in Indonesia, with the exception of Aceh province, LGBT people have faced a similar series of repressions in recent years.
“The Indonesian authorities repeatedly launch humiliating repressions on suspicious activities of same-sex people and abuse the laws against theft or public nuisance to harass and arrest LGBTI people,” said Hamid.
“The Indonesian government should also repeal all laws that criminalize specific identities and gender expressions.”
Since 2016, there has been an increase in the number of people arrested for their alleged sexuality or gender identity, including two men who were arrested in 2018 for running a Facebook group for homosexual couples.
It is feared that authorities will attempt to use the Sinaga case as justification for further reprisals against Indonesia’s LGBT community.