Indonesia

LGBTI Rights in Indonesia


ADDED ON: 02/19/2019

No human rights violation in West Sumatra’s LGBT ban: Human rights commission

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), says it doesn’t see West Sumatra’s plan to ban LGBT behavior in the province as an infringement on the human rights of the persecuted…

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ADDED ON: 02/17/2019

Gay-friendly cartoons outrage homophobic Indonesians

Indonesia’s Information and Communications Ministry, also known as Kominfo, has demanded that the popular social network Instagram remove gay-friendly cartoons published by a user known only as @Alpantuni. The ministry even suggested…

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ADDED ON: 02/02/2019

Conservative Muslims reject antirape bill over ‘pro-adultery, LGBT’ concerns.

The passing of a bill on sexual violence, which has been deliberated on by the House of Representatives since 2016, is at risk of being delayed again, this time by those who…

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ADDED ON: 01/31/2019

Indonesia Mayor Targets Gay People ‘because they’re possessed by demons’

A mayor in Indonesia has ordered the arrest of LGBT+ people so religious authorities can conduct exorcisms on them. Mayor of Padang Mahyeldi Ansharullah has used the Indonesian Army (TNI) to target…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

After LGBT paranoia threatened to shut it down, gov’t defends HIV prevention group in Riau

Activists warn that the LGBT panic in Indonesia is not only causing wide scale discrimination and persecution against the protected minority group, it is also helping to create a public health crisis by making it…

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ADDED ON: 01/26/2019

The LGBT Community of Bali Celebrates Annual Festival In Secret Amid Indonesia’s Crack Down On Rights

A Bali-based LGBT pageant held its crowning ceremony for Mister and Miss Gaya Dewata (YGD) in secret last month following multiple online threats and opposition from the local Islamic governing council. Bali…

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ADDED ON: 01/23/2019

Grindr Banned in Lebanon: List of Countries that Prohibit Gay Dating App

Lebanon has reportedly banned people from accessing Grindr, a gay dating mobile app, on the country’s public network. SMEX, a Lebanese NGO that works toward empowering people, reached out to Touch, one of…

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ADDED ON: 01/19/2019

Vigilante Raid on Indonesian HIV Group

This week a militant Islamist group in Indonesia raided the offices of an HIV prevention organization on suspicion that the group had been conducting “LGBT activities.” The Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) was joined…

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ADDED ON: 01/16/2019

Complaint: Indonesian Mayor Promotes Anti-gay Discrimination

Mohammed Idris, the mayor of Depok in the metropolitan Jakarta area of Indonesia, has instructed city agencies to investigate LGBT activities and this month asked citizens to report LGBTI behavior. He said…

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ADDED ON: 01/11/2019

Human Rights Commission warns Depok’s policies produce potential for anti-LGBT discrimination

State-sanctioned discrimination in Indonesia against the LGBT community and individuals saw a sharp increase towards the end of last year as officials in a number of cities and regions — particularly parts…

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ADDED ON: 12/28/2018

Interview: Indonesians are gay-friendly if not brainwashed

Dede Oetomo is the founder and trustee of the Indonesian LGBT advocacy group GAYa Nusantara Foundation, based in Surabaya. "Indonesia has always been conservative and it has gotten better in some ways.…

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ADDED ON: 12/25/2018

Indonesia’s president turns tough

Joko Widodo was welcomed as a fresh breeze when he stood for election as president of Indonesia in 2014. A stranger to the elites that had long dominated politics, he became a…

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