Indonesia Is Fighting About LGBT Rights Like It Never Has Before

 

Indonesia’s top Muslim organization renewed its call for the criminalization of homosexuality on Wednesday, the latest in a series of declarations that have made LGBT rights an unprecedented flashpoint in the politics of the country with the world’s largest Muslim population.

“We support the establishment of new regulations banning LGBT [sexual] activities and other deviant types of sexual intercourse and prosecution of those involved in LGBT activities and other deviant types of sexual intercourse, as well as parties that support, encourage or finance LGBT activities in Indonesia,” said Ma’ruf Amin, head of an umbrella organization of Muslim organizations called the Indonesian Ulema Council (abbreviated MUI), at a press conference in Jakarta.

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