Indonesia

LGBTI Rights in Indonesia


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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ADDED ON: 12/22/2018

LGBTI Indonesians scared of government’s new app, report it to Google

A new government ‘heresy’ app in Indonesia has troubled the LGBTI community. Smart Pakem, developed by the Jakarta prosecutor’s office, allows everyday Indonesians to report complaints of ‘deviant beliefs’. It features a…

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ADDED ON: 12/07/2018

Islamic exorcisms used as conversion therapy as Indonesian city moves against LGBT population

An Indonesian city has launched a new campaign to "cleanse" LGBT people of their "social sickness" through religious exorcisms, a move that's been seen as part of the country's growing intolerance towards the…

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ADDED ON: 12/04/2018

Another Indonesian city outlaws gay sex

The city council in Pariaman on Nov. 27 approved the new bylaw providing fines of 1 million rupiah (U.S. $70) for behaviors that “are considered LGBT,” the Jakarta Post reported in an Agence France-Presse…

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ADDED ON: 12/02/2018

Indonesian city to fine LGBT residents for disturbing ‘public order’

An Indonesian city plans to fine its gay and transgender residents 1m rupiah ($70) for disturbing “public order”, reflecting a rise in discrimination against the Muslim-majority nation’s small LGBT community.  This week,…

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ADDED ON: 11/23/2018

Mayor in Indonesia Leads Thousands in Anti-LGBTI March

The mayor of Padang, in West Sumatra, led thousands of city residents on an anti-LGBT march on Sunday (18 November). It is the latest state-sanctioned move to vilify the community in Indonesia. He organized…

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ADDED ON: 11/22/2018

Hiding in Fear: What is Life Like for LGBTI Indonesians?

In the last few weeks, regional authorities in Indonesia have launched a slew of anti-LGBTI measures. Gay sex is not illegal in Indonesia. But, since early 2016, ‘government-driven moral panic’ over LGBTI Indonesians has engulfed…

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ADDED ON: 11/19/2018

‘Waria’ Told to Leave Their Home in Jakarta Amid Anti-LGBT Campaign

Seven transgender people in Sumur Utara, Klender, East Jakarta, have been told by residents to leave a boarding house they are currently staying at. "We, kampung Sumur residents, reject the presence of LGBT…

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