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Thursday, 18 August 2016 21:35

The Situation Degenerates For The LGBT Community In Indonesia

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I confess that we are concerned over the situation in Indonesia after the publication of a report denouncing the attitude of the Indonesian Government and its policy towards the LGBT community.

Indeed, in a Human Rights Watch's report entitled "The Political Games Ruin Our Lives," we learn that since the beginning of 2016 the Indonesian government leading an unprecedented attack on the rights and safety of sexual and gender minorities either through of hate speech, through discriminatory laws or using violence to prevent peaceful gatherings of the Indonesian LGBT community.

In fact, what is happening at present in Indonesia reminds me of what happened in Russia, that is to say that everything begins with the Government's words in the media and all of a sudden releases a hatred towards the LGBT community, which now faces harassment, discrimination and more violence. They become a bit the cause of all the evils that can happen in the country.

In Indonesia too, the anti-LGBT propaganda is supported by the media, namely the National Broadcasting Commission and the National Child Protection Commission that absolutely eliminate any positive mention of the LGBT community, or any hint of "normality" of an LGBT person.

"The discriminatory actions of Indonesian officials and institutions has laid bare the depth and breadth of the government’s prejudice – and the campaign of hate is apparently not over yet," said Kyle Knight, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch and author of the report. "The anti-LGBT rhetoric also exposed the government’s unwillingness to stand between a marginalized minority and its attackers – a most basic failure to protect, similar to Indonesia’s recent record on religious minorities."

These discriminatory and hate speech of the government began January 24, 2016 following the remarks of the Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir, who announced that he wanted to ban all LGBT student organizations on college campuses as "not in accordance with the values and morals of Indonesia".

There was also the Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu who described the fight for LGBT rights as a proxy war on the nation led by outsiders, more dangerous than a nuclear bomb.

To this are obviously added religious groups which call for the judicial condemnation of LGBT behavior and of any LGBT rights activist and call for the installation of "gay cures".

Following that, hate speeches have continued to spread across the government, religious groups and the media, and therefore through the population.

Also, be aware that on August 23 will be a hearing in the Constitutional Court about the possible criminalization of homosexual relationships in the Indonesian Criminal Code.

In short a situation that escalates in Indonesia and that worries us a lot.

The national commission for human rights in Indonesia said that the remarks of the ministers disagreed with Nawa Cita principles established by the government of President Joko Widodo which calls for tolerance, education for diversity and dialogue between citizens, but it's still far from reassuring.

The report calls on the Indonesian government to protect all its citizens, including LGBT people against violence and discrimination.

"At a time when LGBT Indonesians needed protection and public support, Jokowi’s government has cowered in the face of militant Islamists," Knight said. "The government needs to demonstrate its commitment to protecting citizens from violence and discrimination by rolling back discriminatory decrees, rejecting anti-LGBT legislation proposals, and pledging public support for free expression and diversity."

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