Indonesia rights group condemns gay raids ordered after U.K. rape case
The raids were announced after an Indonesian student was convicted in Britain of sexually assaulting 48 men.
JAKARTA - Indonesia's human rights commission on Tuesday condemned plans by a mayor to launch raids targeting the LGBTQ community in his city after a local man was convicted in Britain of sexually assaulting 48 men.
Described by a prosecutor as "the most prolific rapist in British legal history," Indonesian student Reynhard Sinaga last month was convicted of 136 rapes against the men, whom he drugged, and given a life sentence with a minimum term of 30 years.
The mayor of Depok, Mohammad Idris, plans to enlist public order officers to raid residences of members of the LGBTQ community, according to a statement posted last week on the city's official website.
Homosexuality is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in Aceh province where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But the world's largest Muslim-majority nation has seen a rise in hostility toward gays.
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"The raids increase the risk of persecution and other law-defying acts," a commissioner of the National Commission on Human Rights, Beka Ulung Hapsara, told Reuters.
The commission has also written to the Depok government.
Idris did not respond to Reuters requests for comment.