Strict sharia forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh




 
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December 28th, 2014  
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Topic: Strict sharia forces gays into hiding in Indonesia's Aceh


By Gayatri Suroyo and Charlotte Greenfield BANDA ACEH, Indonesia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Overwhelmed by fear, members of the main gay rights group in the Indonesian town of Banda Aceh started burning piles of documents outside their headquarters in late October, worried that the sharia police would raid them at any moment. Indonesia's northernmost province of Aceh had weeks earlier passed an anti-homosexuality law that punishes anyone caught having gay sex with 100 lashes. Amnesty International criticized it, saying it would add to a climate of homophobia and fear. ...




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