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TNI slammed for anti-LGBT campaign after jailing soldier

  • Moch. Fiqih Prawira Adjie

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Mon, October 19 2020   /  01:00 am
Love wins: A passerby hugs an activist campaigning for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community during Car Free Day in Jakarta on June 16, 2019.(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Amnesty International Indonesia has condemned the Indonesian Military (TNI) for the recent imprisonment and dismissal of a soldier for having same-sex intercourse with another soldier, calling the sentence unjust and dangerous to the community. “This unjust sentence should be immediately overturned and the individual immediately released. No one should be persecuted based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation,” Amnesty International Indonesia’s executive director Usman Hamid said in a press statement on Saturday urging the military to end its campaign against the community. He argued that the ruling would set a dangerous precedent for other service members thought to have engaged in consensual same-sex activities. “It further enshrines discrimination and risks inciting violence against perceived LGBT people inside the military and in wider socie...