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Tuesday, February 19, 2019


by James Penha

“The people of West Sumatra have a culture that can’t be separated from Islam. This has been the case since a long time ago. If the people and government here create a regulation that bans LGBT behavior because it’s not in line with tradition, then it’s not wrong nor is it a violation of human rights.” —Indonesia National Commission on Human Rights Chairman Ahmad Taufan Damanik, February 14, 2019

When human rights
ain’t right in its Head
of Human Rights who
writes off marginal runes

and the humans so cast

to religious rites of hate
and intolerance, a state
wrights a ship with tar
and feathers that sinks

of its own disaccord.

James Penha edits TheNewVerse.News.