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Human rights official blasts anti-LGBTI bias in Indonesia

From Indonesia’s Jakarta Post:

Hafid Abbas, former chair of Indonesia's National Commission on Human Rights. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

Hafid Abbas, former chair of Indonesia’s National Commission on Human Rights. (Photo courtesy of Twitter)

The chairman of the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) Hafid Abbas has called for an end to discrimination and stigma against the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community, urging the government to issue more supportive regulations.

“They have been marginalized, inflicted with violence, isolation. It cannot be justified. […] We can’t build this country with persistent stigmatization of and discrimination against the LGBT community,” Hafid told The Jakarta Post on Monday.

He said the government had a lot of work to do, one task of which was to have an operational regulation on the treatment of LGBT people as citizens of this country. … “[M]uch of the violence they have suffered is inflicted by legal authorities,” Hafid said.

Currently, Indonesia has no specific law on the protection of the LGBT community except the 1945 Constitution.

[Editor’s note: Indonesia has no national law against homosexual activity, but at least two Indonesian provinces do. In Palembang, South Sumatra, same-sex activity is classified as “prostitution” and is punishable by six months in prison. Aceh province has a Shariah-based criminal code that provides for up to 100 lashes and 100 months in prison for those convicted of same-sex acts, even if consensual.]

Komnas HAM is also calling for more massive information dissemination that the LGBT community is part of the responsibility of the entire society both to protect their rights and to provide recovery programs to heal physical and psychological wounds they are suffering from past abuse.

Forum LGBT Indonesia, a coalition of LGBT individuals, recorded 47 cases of abuse against gay individuals across the country in 2013.These included bullying, physical attacks, verbal abuse and murder, as well as exclusion in the workplace and criminalization. Some of the cases were perpetrated by state actors such as policemen and public order personnel. …

For more information, read the full article in the Jakarta Post.

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