GAY BOYS FACE PUB­LIC FLOGGING

DNA Magazine - - FROM THE EDITOR -

DNA’s Face­book page re­ported that two young men in Banda Aceh prov­ince in In­done­sia are go­ing to be caned be­cause they have been con­victed of the “crime” of ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity. The cou­ple’s home was in­vaded by a lo­cal vig­i­lante mob, which lead to their ar­rest. DNA read­ers re­acted strongly, with com­ments in­clud­ing: • It’s only a mat­ter of time un­til In­done­sia is an Is­lamic re­pub­lic with all the vile hu­man rights abuses it en­tails. – Ja­son Van Der Velden • Skip In­done­sia in your des­ti­na­tions – Red Khan • Aceh has been handed cul­tural and le­gal “au­ton­omy” so that they would not leave In­done­sia. There­fore, they now have the right to ex­er­cise their bar­baric me­dieval religious rules/tor­tures. So much for that re­li­gion of peace idea they like to spout. – Rod Ed­monds • This is hor­ri­ble. Shit like this needs to stop! – Daniel Buck­ner DNA Editor, An­drew Creagh, has started a Change.org pe­ti­tion, “Stop Can­ing Of Gay Men In Banda Aceh” which is still avail­able to sign on­line.

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