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Indonesia plans to isolate LGBTI prisoners to avoid ‘transmission’

Indonesia plans to isolate LGBTI prisoners to avoid ‘transmission’

A prisoner in Indonesia (Photo: Flickr/Department of Foreign Affairs Australia)

The Indonesia prison chief plans to isolate LGBTI prisoners to avoid ’transmission’, local media reported Thursday (11 July).

‘If sexual deviations are found in either male inmates or female inmates, the first step taken will be to separate LGBT prisoners from normal inmates by placing them in isolation rooms’ director-general of corrections Ade Kusmanto said, according to Detik.

‘This step will be taken so that there is no transmission of sexual disorientation to other inmates’ he said.

A prison official earlier this week said prison overcrowding will result in ‘homosexuals and lesbians.’

He also claimed inmates have been doing ‘deviant’ acts to one another.

A large number of people in Indonesia, where LGBTI rights are in decline, see homosexuality as a disease that can be transmitted between people.

They also believe dangerous conversion therapy can ‘cure’ people.

Liberti Sitinjak, an official from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights earlier this week claimed inmates have been doing ‘deviant’ acts to one another.

Sitinjak spoke of the prisons in West Java, a province of Indonesia on the western part of the island of Java, Detik reported.

‘It’s like this, [the overcrowding] results in feet touching feet, head meeting head and bodies meeting bodies,’ Sitinjak said in Bandung today [8 July].

‘The result is the emergence of homosexuals and lesbians.’

Anti-LGBTI hysteria in Indonesia

Last month, the head of Indonesia’s population and family planning agency has labeled LGBTI citizens the ‘main enemy of national development’.

Nofrijal encouraged regional leaders to help fight the LGBTI ‘disease’.

Leaders in Muslim-majority Indonesia have been increasingly targeting the LGBTI community.

Homosexuality is not currently illegal in most of the country. In the province of Aceh, and for Muslims in the city of Palembang, it is illegal under Sharia Law.

Religious and political leaders have been whipping up hatred against the LGBTI community for the last three years.

The crackdown has seen police raids on LGBTI clubs and saunas, publications, and even HIV charities.

Authorities also introduced local by-laws to drive out their LGBTI populations or used archaic pornography laws to prosecute.

That’s why most remain in the closet, living in fear.

A mayor in West Sumatra also said he was using the military to search for and arrest LGBTI people.

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