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UN rights chief bemoans ‘extremist’ anti-LGBT views in Indonesia

INDONESIA should not introduce reforms to its penal code which would outlaw extramarital sex including homosexuality, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein has said during a visit to the nation’s capital Jakarta. Zeid said that while in many ways Indonesia was living up to the promise of being a “vibrant democracy”, he was “greatly concerned” with discussions about revisions to the criminal code whereby sexual relations defined as zina – the Islamic concept of adultery – would be jailable offences. While proposed changes to the criminal code are wide-ranging including tougher restrictions on freedom of speech and assembly, cracking down on the already marginalised LGBT community has been the emphasis of public debate in the world’s largest Muslim country. SEE ALSO: Indonesian parliament looks to criminalise homosexuality “These discussions betray strains of intolerance seemingly alien to Indonesian culture that have made inroads here,” said Zeid. “The...

 

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