Two soldiers bag seven-month jail term in Indonesia over gay sex

Two soldiers bag seven-month jail term in Indonesia over gay sex

Two soldiers from Indonesia were given a seven-month jail term for engaging in gay intercourse, which is illegal in the nation.

The two soldiers have lost their positions as a result of their “inappropriate behavior”. They were stationed on the Indonesian island of Java and joined the army last year.

According to a military court decision on Nov. 9, “the defendants’ activities were very much against the law or any religious provisions,” the article stated.

Although gay sex is not permitted in the military, it is allowed for civilians to participate in same-sex relationships in the largest Muslim-majority country in the world, with the exception of Aceh, a conservative province.

However, discrimination is pervasive; and some gay Indonesians have been detained for lustful behavior in violation of anti-pornography legislation.

“The defendants’ acts of committing deviant sexual behaviour with the same sex was very inappropriate; because as soldiers, the defendants should be examples for the people in the defendants’ surrounding environment,” the 60-page ruling read.

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The country’s Supreme Court posted the decision last week; but the case was only brought to light on Tuesday evening by the local news site Detik.

In 2020, Amnesty International said at least 15 members of Indonesia’s military or police had been sacked for having same-sex relations in recent years.

“This has been the increasing pattern among the Indonesian armed forces and police in recent years, where members were being fired or taken into court just for who they are, who they love, who they like,” Amnesty International Indonesia director Usman Hamid said.

Usman said “inflammatory statements” by the country’s political leaders had helped to further stigmatise minority groups. This includes the LGBTQ community. He also added that the recent case was only “the tip of the iceberg.”

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