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'Gay NGO worker and partner tortured, sexually abused in Aceh' BANDA ACEH - A 32-year-old GO worker and his partner from the same sex were allegedy brutally tortured and sexually abused by the police in Banda Aceh while in custody last January. This was said by the Hong Kong-based Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC). AHRC has named the NGO officials as Hartayo and Bobby. The motive behind the detention, torture and sexual abuse is because they are homosexuals, says AHRC in an 'urgent action' appeal.

“We were also informed that the police made the victims to sign a statement to the Village Head Chief not to indulge in homosexual actions again,” the appeal says. “The AHRC is deeply concerned that such brutal violence against the victims was committed without hesitation not only by the civilian attackers but also by the police whose mandate is to protect the rights of people.”

On January 22 at around 11:30pm, the victim, Hartayo, a 32 year-old NGO worker in the Aceh province, was at home with his partner, Bobby, when two men, one of whom the victims identified as an employee of the local Pesona cafe below his boarding house, kicked down his front door and barged into his home, and proceeded to vandalize the property before assaulting both Hartayo and his partner.

Hartayo and Bobby were then forced out of their home and ordered to go outside by their attackers, where a crowd of some 15 people had gathered. The beatings and verbal abuse continued. Hartayo specifically recalled the words of one of his attackers: “You outsiders slander us; you soil our place with your filthy tricks.”

Hartayo was then ordered to immediately vacate the boarding house, and was marched back to his room to pack his belongings. His ID card and wallet were taken from him, and he was then made to squat on the ground with his partner, while his attackers deliberated on what to do next. They eventually decided to inform the local police authorities.

Four police officers arrived at the scene about 1.30am in an official police vehicle. Hartayo and Bobby were then taken to the Banda Raya police station. There, both men were allegedly made to strip down to their underwear, and were then viciously beaten and verbally abused by the officers.

In his testimony, Hartayo alleges that the officers sexually abused him and then forced his partner to perform oral sex on him. Hartayo started weeping and attempted to push his partner away, only to be kicked and scolded by the officers who took some perverse “enjoyment” out of their humiliation.

The victims were then dragged to the police station courtyard where they were made to squat on the ground in their underwear. Officers then sprayed them with ice-cold water from the courtyard hosepipe. At this point, Bobby asked the officers for permission to go to the toilet. The officers refused, and instead forced him to urinate on Hartayo's head.

Hartayo and his partner were then taken to a police cell, where they were detained until the morning. Hartayo requested several times to contact his family to inform them of what had happened, a basic human right when facing criminal detention. Each time, his request was denied. While in the police cell, Hartayo was instructed by the officers to introduce himself to the detainee who already occupied the cell. When Hartayo innocently stated that he was a homosexual, an officer entered the cell and severely beat him.

According to Hartayo, he was treated with complete contempt by all the officers he encountered during his detention. At around 9:00am on January 23, Hartayo was finally allowed to speak to his fellow NGO co-workers, although for not longer than five minutes. Both Hartayo and Bobby were asked by representatives from the Aceh NGO Coalition whether they wanted to file a formal complaint.

Physically and mentally exhausted, both men decided not to pursue the case, and were then made to sign a statement to the Village Head Chief not to indulge in homosexual actions again. “I felt that my dignity as a human being had been trampled,” Hartayo told the Aceh NGO Coalition.


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Posted in Human rights @ 18 March 2007 01:54 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





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It's pathetic. not only that they are disgrateful, but they also interfered personal business. Sick and ungrateful bastards, all of them. Emoticon: Angry



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one word: sick!!



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It's amazing that people are still active in this very ungrateful province of Indonesia. I hear a lot of complaints about the ungratefulness of the Acehnese; even from high officials. But it's all business and politics.
Better put the money and all the efforts in the rebuilding of Yogyakarta and Klaten where people have a complete different attitude.




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Well, it's amazing how foolish the people sometimes. I agree with Yogya - Bali. They still have a lot of places to help other than the place of those bastards. Yogya, Klaten, Nias, to name a few.



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Even thought there is no excuse for torture or abuse, I do not know what is the story behind what happened. This istory is very one sided and even though I am not religous I have been and still am travelling all around the world. Now if you are gay and travelling with your partner, it will be probably a good idea not to display your preverance in certain countries or areas, Aceh of all places!! So I do condem the way these people were treated but I think there might be more sides to this article.



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I always think it's sick to hate seeing people hugging and kissing in public, but on the other hand loves seeing people executed or punished in public. Tell me that I am wrong, but this is WHAT is happening in Islamic Country - and the bastard people in the region named aceh wants to apply that. Sick religions give birth to sick minds.




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(Edited) Posted @ 23 March 2007 15:27


On 21-03-2007 04:48 searching wrote:
I always think its sick to hate seeing people hugging and kissing in public, but on the other hand loves seeing people executed or punished in public. Tell me that I am wrong, but this is WHAT is happening in Islamic Country - and the bastard people in the region named aceh wants to apply that.
Sick religions give birth to sick minds.



  • " .... oh come on Searching , what are you suggesting ....."

  • This case is about a few policemen who think they do not need anyone, do they ...... if we all do the same, this world would be quite a mess, would it ???







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    (Edited) Posted @ 23 March 2007 18:25


    On 21-03-2007 04:48 searching wrote:
    Sick religions give birth to sick minds.


    I agree


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    MIDDELKERKE - Drie minderjarige broers uit het Belgische Middelkerke hebben een jaar lang een meisje herhaaldelijk verkracht. De jongens van Marokkaanse komaf zijn moslim en verklaarden dat ze het niet gedaan zouden hebben als het meisje ook islamitisch was geweest.
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    " .... oh come on Searching , what are you suggesting ....."


    This case is about a few policemen who think they do not need anyone, do they ...... if we all do the same, this world would be quite a mess, would it ???
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    (Repeat myself)
    I always think its sick to hate seeing people hugging and kissing in public, but on the other hand loves seeing people executed or punished in public.

    You don't see this as something terribly wrong?



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    (Edited) Posted @ 24 March 2007 14:54


    (Repeat myself)
    I always think its sick to hate seeing people hugging and kissing in public, but on the other hand loves seeing people executed or punished in public.


  • Conclusion: "..... you are in for public executions, even by officials , who are supposed to maintain the Law ...... ???

  • Does religion really matters ???

  • The difference between human beings and animals is, with or without religion, we still have something like adat , moreover in INDOnesia ...... even in adat there are rules .... if we do not respect rules , we are on the same level like animals , again with or without religion .....



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    Anis dont u think those medieval laws would still be there in Aceh if it was Christian/Buddhist/Atheist? Of course there's a relation between a religion which has certain barbaric Arabian adat in it and these "values" of Aceh..

    Indonesia is also the victim of Arabian adat...please never forget that..



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    I'm meaning INDOnesian adat ..... mas.



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    I'm meaning INDOnesian adat ..... mas.

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    Aceh's adat, to be precise.
    And Aceh's adat is very influenced by Arab adats. You can see the difference with Bali or Manado.



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    (Edited) Posted @ 26 March 2007 16:51

  • What is there to say about interpretation of adat rules in religion ...

  • I always thought that Indonesian adat rules are more tolerant than religious rules ..... of the several INDOnesian indegious peoples .....



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