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Indonesia urged to free 4 arrested for gay sex

Human Rights Watch has urged the authorities in Indonesia’s Aceh province, where Islamic law is in force, to release four people arrested on suspicion of gay sex. The accused were handed over to the religious police after two raids conducted by residents on March 12 and 29 in the provincial capital Banda Aceh, in Sumatra. They remain in detention, Efe news reported. In the first case, the civilian vigilantes broke into a hairdressing salon and accused a transgender woman and one of the clients of involvement in same-sex relations and reportedly found condoms. IANS

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