A man is whipped in front of the public as punishment for having gay sex in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: EPA

Where will Indonesia’s anti-gay hysteria end?

As Taiwan takes a step forward on gay rights, Indonesia takes a step back – by publicly caning two male lovers. And with a court considering calls for a nationwide ban on homosexuality, things could be about to get worse

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A man is whipped in front of the public as punishment for having gay sex in Banda Aceh, Indonesia. Photo: EPA
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Jeffrey Hutton

Jeffrey Hutton

Jeff is based in Jakarta where he specializes in political, economic and human rights issues. He got his start in the late 1990s in Tokyo where he was a subeditor at the English edition of the Mainichi Shimbun. He went on to join Bloomberg News in Tokyo and then the Australian Financial Review in Sydney. Recently he started satupelangi.org, a website devoted to LGBT issues in Indonesia.