Tag Archive | Indonesia

Indonesia: Vice-Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

Indonesia: Vice-Presidential Candidate Has Anti-Rights Record

The decision by Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo to select Ma’ruf Amin as his vice-presidential running mate in the 2019 presidential election, raises questions about Jokowi’s commitment to improve human rights protection for all Indonesians, according to Human Rights Watch. Amin, who has been the chairman of Indonesia’s Ulama Council (Majelis Ulama Indonesia, or MUI), and […]

Indonesia: Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through LGBT community

Indonesia: Criminal code revamp plan sends chill through LGBT community

(Reuters) – Zulfikar Fahd, an openly gay man, says he flew from Indonesia to Canada late last month and claimed asylum on grounds that he faced discrimination and persecution in his home country, which is poised to criminalise same-sex relations and consensual sex outside marriage. Fahd, 30, who had worked in public relations, said he […]

Indonesia: Most feel ‘threatened’ by LGBT community – survey

Indonesia: Most feel ‘threatened’ by LGBT community – survey

Nearly 90 percent of Indonesians who understand the term LGBT feel ‘threatened’ by the community, and believe their religion forbids same-sex relations, a survey showed on Thursday. Homosexuality is not regulated by law in Indonesia, except in Aceh province, where Islamic law bans same-sex relations. But the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation has seen a rise […]

Indonesia: Draft Bill With Anti-‘LGBT On TV’ Legislation

Indonesia: Draft Bill With Anti-‘LGBT On TV’ Legislation

Indonesia’s parliament is considering national legislation that would ban lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender content from TV screens by the end of the year. The Draft Bill would ban LGBT content and ads, and comes amid police raids on ‘gay spas’. The UN has condemned gay raids in Indonesia, and Egypt, and the bill is not […]

UNHCHR: Alleged Detention Of LGBT People In Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia Should Be Investigated And Perpetrators Punished

UNHCHR: Alleged Detention Of LGBT People In Azerbaijan, Egypt and Indonesia Should Be Investigated And Perpetrators Punished

Spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,  Rupert Colville, gave a press briefing yesterday, 13th October, in Geneva, stating that allegations of detention of LGBT people in Azerbaijan, Egypt, and Indonesia should be investigated, and the perpetrators punished. Mr Colville stated: “We are deeply concerned by a wave of arrests in Azerbaijan, Egypt […]

Indonesia: 51 Gay Men Detained By Police In Jakarta

Indonesia: 51 Gay Men Detained By Police In Jakarta

Indonesian police detained 51 men including several foreigners in a raid on what authorities described as a “gay spa” in Jakarta late on Friday, and some could face up to six years in prison under pornography and prostitution laws. The arrests are the latest in a spate of high-profile police actions, against gay clubs and […]

Indonesia: Gay Community Go Underground After Police Raids

Indonesia: Gay Community Go Underground After Police Raids

(Reuters) – When an angry mob of Islamists threatened to burn down a place hosting a gay and lesbian film festival in Jakarta in 2010, Indonesian police came to protect those staging it. A volunteer at the festival, Adi, 28, now fears that instead of safeguarding their rights, authorities are targeting his community, forcing them […]