Rights group furious as two gay men face public whipping in Indonesia

Human Rights Watch calls for Indonesian authorities to release detained gay men

The men have been detained by Sharia law police (Stock image)

Monday, April 10, 2017

Human Rights Watch has called for Indonesian authorities to release two men who have been detained for being homosexual.

The two men, who are in their 20s, are currently being held at a Sharia law police facility in Banda Aceh for alleged same-sex relations.

They were taken there after vigilantes broke in and found them in a home on March 28 this year.

Footage of the incident was filmed on a phone showing the two men. One of them says “Please brother, please stop. My parents want to talk to you, they can pick me up.”

The chief inspector at the centre has claimed the men admitted to being gay and has said they will be sentenced.

Aceh's criminal code states anyone caught having same-sex relations should face 100 lashings in public. However, under international law this counts as torture.

The province is the only one in Indonesia which can legally adopt Sharia law. 

This is not the first time that LGBT people have been detained by Aceh’s Sharia police and it encourages members of the public to identify and detain anyone who is violating its rules.