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Two gay men sentenced to 80 lashes in Indonesia

Written Question to High Representative Federica Mogherini

On the international day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, an Indonesian Court sentenced 2 men to receive 80 lashes each for being in a gay relationship. Members of the European Parliament Marietje Schaake and Sophie in 't Veld immediately asked High-Representative Mogherini to intervene in their case. Please see their questions below.

Two Indonesian men have today been sentenced to 80 lashes each by an Islamic Court on the Indonesian island of Aceh for being in a gay relationship (1).  

The ruling follows the implementation of Sharia law on the Indonesian island two years ago and adds to an increase in attacks on religious minorities, the persecution of gay people in Indonesia as well as the recent imprisonment of the (Christian) governor of Jakarta on blasphemy charges.  

1. Is the VP/HR aware of the case of these men as well as the deteriorating situation for LGBTI people in Indonesia and if so, will she address their plight with Indonesian authorities as would follow from the EU’s commitment under its 2013 LGBTI Guidelines?  

2. Were representatives of the EU delegation to Indonesia present in the court room during the trial and sentencing and will either the HR/VP or her representatives in Indonesia intervene in this matter before the sentences of both men are carried out? 

3. Does the HR/VP, together with the responsible Commissioner plan on reviewing the implementation and effectiveness of the LGBTI Guidelines as well as the integration of the Guidelines into the EU’s external relations and external financing instruments?