Peru is opening an investigation of Rodrigo Ventocilla, the trans man who was killed in Indonesia, and Tanzania warns citizens not to spread LGBT-related content.

Peru Opens Investigation On Death of Trans Man In Indonesia

The country's public ministry announced that Peruvian prosecutors have launched an investigation into claims of torture in connection with the death in Indonesia last month of a trans Peruvian man who died while being held in jail on the popular tourist island of Bali.

Thirty-two-year-old Rodrigo Ventocilla, a graduate student from Peru at Harvard, was on his honeymoon in Bali. LGBT campaigners are horrified by his murder and claim that Peruvian officials failed to do enough to protect him.

According to Reuters, early in August, Ventocilla was taken into custody at Bali's airport on suspicion of possessing marijuana. His "failure of physical functions" caused him to die days later, according to Indonesian authorities.

The public ministry did not identify the subject of its investigation, but Ventocilla's family attorney Julio Arbizu claimed prosecutors are looking into both an Indonesian official and the Peruvian ambassador in charge of consular services at the Indonesian embassy.

Tanzania Warns Against Sharing LGBT Content

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The Tanzanian government has issued a strong warning against the spread of online messages and brief movies that support same-sex unions.

Additionally, it has threatened to take legal action against social media group administrators who fail to control their members' sharing of pro-LGBT information.

At a news conference held at the Tanzania Communications Authority (TCRA) headquarters in Dar es Salaam, information minister Nape Nnauye made the comments.

The minister said that some people were exploiting material from kid-friendly cartoons to encourage same-sex partnerships and warned that the government would not put up with anyone promoting practices that are against Tanzania's long-standing customs.

"Before we start investigating and arresting the perpetrators who send, produce and distribute this content, it is better now that Tanzanians refrain from it," he said to Africa News.


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