OutRight Comments on Gay Men In Indonesia Facing 100 Lashes

In Michael Laver's article for the Washington Blade title, "Gay men in Indonesia’s Aceh province face 100 lashes" he quotes Grace Poore, coordinator of OutRight Action International’s Asia Regional Program:

“These legal systems operate in a clear hierarchy; the Indonesian constitution is the highest source of authority, followed by laws enacted at the national level, followed by general and sharia laws enacted at the provincial and district levels in Aceh, followed by customary laws,” said Knight.

But with a constitution that protects freedom of expression and association, Knight said the central government in Jakarta has “an obligation to uphold those protections for all Indonesians, including LGBT people in Aceh.”
Grace Poore, coordinator of OutRight Action International’s Asia Regional Program, agrees.

“The central government of Indonesia should enforce its own directive to Aceh — that sharia law is to be implemented within the framework of the Indonesian national legal system,” Poore told the Blade.

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