United Nations official wants answers on gay detentions in Indonesia

Speaker of Chechen parliament oversaw persecution of gay men

White House didn’t include gay prime minister’s husband in portrait caption

 

United Nations official wants answers on gay detentions in Indonesia

 

The United Nations‘ human rights office is calling on Indonesian authorities to release people detained on the basis of their sexual orientation and combat anti-gay stigma.

 

Spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva on Friday that the office is “concerned by the recent persecution, arbitrary arrest, detention and ill-treatment of men perceived to be gay.”

 

Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia except in Aceh province, but the LGBT community has come under siege in the past year.

 

A case before the country’s top court seeks to criminalize gay sex.

 

Colville says that “consensual relations between adults of the same sex should not be criminalized.”

 

He urges Indonesia to review “legislation that contravenes Indonesia’s legal obligations, including local criminal legislation in Aceh.”

 

https://www.lgbtqnation.com/2017/05/united-nations-official-wants-answers-gay-detentions-indonesia/

 

Speaker of Chechen parliament oversaw persecution of gay men

 

The powerful speaker of the Chechen parliament personally oversaw the torture of gay men during a violent anti-gay purge in the Russian republic early this year, according to evidence presented in a new report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

 

Most of the detainees interviewed by HRW after their release said they had overheard their jailers referring to Magomed Daudov, the speaker of the Chechen parliament, and to orders he allegedly issued about violence against gay men.

 

Second only to Kadyrov among powerful Chechen officials, Daudov goes by the name of “Lord” and is an easily recognisable figure. Three former detainees told HRW they had seen him at the prisons where they were being held and tortured.

 

News that Chechen law enforcers had rounded up dozens of men suspected of being gay and submitted them to brutal beatings in secret jails, was first reported in April by Novaya Gazeta, an independent Russian newspaper known for investigations.

 

http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/europe/speaker-of-chechen-parliament-oversaw-persecution-of-gay-men-1.3099328

 

White House didn’t include gay prime minister’s husband in portrait caption

 

The White House omitted to mention the husband of Luxembourg’s Prime Minister in an official portrait’s caption.

Nato leaders’ partners posed together on Thursday to celebrate the group’s meeting.
Gauthier Destenay stood behind Melania Trump and Turkey’s autocratic leader’s wife, Emine Erdogan.

 

But when the White House shared the picture the caption ignored Mr Destenay’s existance.

 

Yet to add insult to injury the caption made two mentions of Mrs Trump.

 

The tiny European nation saw their Prime Minister marry after Luxembourg legalised same-sex marriage.

 

Xavier Bettel, 44, has run the French-speaking nation since 2013.
http://metro.co.uk/2017/05/28/white-house-didnt-include-gay-prime-ministers-husband-in-portrait-caption-6667407/#ixzz4iOqcqQKB

 

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