JAKARTA, Indonesia — Indonesian police detained dozens of men in a raid on a gay party at a hotel in Jakarta, an official said Wednesday.
Yunus said the participants were all from the same community in Jakarta. Police are still investigating to determine if any other people were involved, he said.
Homosexuality is not illegal in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim nation, except in conservative Aceh province. However, the country’s gay and lesbian community has recently come under siege.
Police have set up a special task force to investigate alleged homosexual activity. In February, members of the House of Representatives proposed a bill that would define homosexuality as deviant and require lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people to report to authorities for rehabilitation.
The United Nations Human Rights Council has called on Indonesian authorities to release people detained on the basis of their sexual orientation and combat anti-gay stigma in the country.
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