Two men were arrested in the Indonesian province of Aceh for being gay

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Two men were caught by the authorities for the suspicion that they are in relationships with one another for a few months. Police raided a rental home last week and alleged they caught the men having sex and found the condoms in the room. If convicted the men could face a punishment of up to 100 lashes, pay a maximum fine of 1000 ounces of pure gold or 100 months in jail. It is the first time someone was arrested for violating Article 63 (1) of the 2014 Qanun Jinayat. Article 63 (1) bans homosexual activity. Indonesia’s Institute for Criminal Justice Reform (ICJR) has slammed the Qanun Jinayat arguing it could provoke discrimination and over-criminalization of LGBTI communities and other vulnerable groups. ‘The state has gone too far by interfering on the private affairs of its citizens and making their personal matters a public affair,’ the ICJR said in a statement.
‘This will eventually lead to discrimination and injustice against vulnerable groups, including LGBT [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender] communities.’

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