Indonesian MP says death penalty should be introduced for LGBTQ people
An Indonesian MP has said that he believes LGBTQ+ people should be sentenced to death or a life in prison for their acts.
Muslim Ayub made the comments as the Indonesian House of Representatives debated on amendments to the criminal code which would criminalise gay and pre-marital sex.
Representing his party, the Islamist National Mandate Party (PAN), Ayub said that the proposed law should punish same-sex relations with capital punishment.
He added that he wanted those who “promote LGBTQ behaviour” to also face criminal penalties.
Speaking to Jurnalia Indonesia, Ayub said that he and his party would not stop at criminalising gay sex as they feel the whole LGBTQ+ community should face persecution.
“We were not satisfied. We want a death sentence or a lifetime jail sentence to have a deterrent effect on the LGBT (community),” he said.
Ayub is the representative of the Aceh province in Indonesia.
It is the only province which follows Sharia law – making it the only place currently in Indonesia where it is illegal to be gay.
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