Indonesian authorities apprehend LGBT+ themed comic books at post office
Indonesia is continuing its crackdown on the LGBT+ community by apprehending a shipment of LGBT+ themed comic books at a major post office in Jakarta. The Attorney General has said they intercepted hundreds of the books at this post office, after stationing agents across the country to sort through mail for contraband.
“At the moment, we are still investigating these comics, as well as publishers and we’re still in the evidence collecting phase. But the comics are written in Chinese,” said M Yusuf, the director of Socio-Culture and Society of the Deputy Attorney General’s Intelligence Affairs. “If we find the culprit, we will turn them over to police.”
This comes after Indonesia’s House of Representatives recently delayed a decision on proposed amendments to their criminal code, amendments that would criminalise same-sex relations and premarital sex.
The bill, which has support from all ten of Indonesia’s main political parties, has proposed a complete ban on gay sex in the south-east Asian country. The new law would punish gay men for up to five years in prison.
Currently, gay sex is only forbidden in Aceh, the province is under Shariah law and has seen international media attention lately for its mass arrests of transgendered women and public lashings for gay men.
Gay hook-up apps have also been banned this week across the country, while more than 141 men were arrested in the capital city of Jakarta in gay spas.
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