Two men have been caned 83 times in the Indonesian province of Aceh for having consensual sex. With the exception of Aceh, homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, but the country's low-profile LGBT community has been under siege in the past year.
Police said the crackdown was aimed at "educating" the transgender women to behave like "normal" men. Rights groups have condemned the move as "humiliating, unlawful and a clear breach of human rights."
Authorities in Indonesia's Aceh province have publicly caned two men for having sex with each other. The punishment has come to symbolize a wave of officialized homophobia in the archipelago nation.
The head of the Chechnya office of renowned rights group Memorial has been arrested under what colleagues are saying are dubious circumstances. They believe the arrest is an act of intimidation.
Indonesia's parliament speaker has called for reforms to the criminal code that would outlaw any sex outside of marriage, including gay sex. Critics say the bill would also weaken checks and balances on democracy.
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