Stonewall is extremely concerned by the latest incident in a wave of violent attacks against Indonesia’s LGBT community – the arrest and mistreatment of 12 trans women last month in Aceh province.
The arrests were made on 27 January, after police raided five hair salons owned by trans women. The victims were released after undergoing a “re-education” programme, during which time they had their hair forcibly cut, were stripped and forced to wear men’s clothes, beaten and subject to other humiliating and degrading treatment.
Last year, we voiced our concerns over Indonesia’s treatment of LGBT people, after a series of police raids led to the arrest of over 150 gay and bi men, and two young men were publicly flogged.
Since then, it’s clear the situation has not improved. Worse still, Indonesia’s parliament is now debating a revision to the law which would explicitly criminalise same-sex relations.
We’ve been working closely with APCOM – an Asian Pacific coalition of governments, UN partners, non-profits and community based organisations – and other partners to highlight the abhorrent treatment of Indonesia’s LGBT community.
In a joint statement last week, our regional partners made renewed calls for the Government of Indonesia to put an end to the violent campaign against LGBT people and uphold its human rights obligations. They are also calling on the international community to keep attention focused on Indonesia’s LGBT rights abuses.