Indonesia Sees Rising Discrimination Against LGBT Community

The Indonesian Government has called for LGBT “propaganda” laws.


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Indonesia’s Communications and Information Ministry has begun drafting a bill that will ban websites that “promote” LGBT “propaganda”. These websites include Facebook and Tumblr.

Ismail Cawidu, a spokesperson for the ministry, said, “The House commission has urged us, so we have to follow up on their proposal.”

Representatives Commission chairman Mahfudz Siddiq said the bill will focus on the legislation for national cyber security and could include a ban on content that can be seen as a threat to national interests. He said, “LGBT issues can damage national security, identity, culture and the faith of Indonesians.”

Chairman for the Indonesian Ulema Council expressed the importance of not showing hate towards the LGBT community. He said, “We need to vie the LGBT people direction, especially for the LGBT people who realize that homosexuality is indecent behaviour.”

Still, Berliana Kartakusumah, secretary general of the People’s Conscience Party, said, “Being LGBT is an infectious and dangerous disease. LGBT must be banned, like we banned communism and drug trafficking.”

The National Commission on Human Rights rejected the proposal for a new law and released a statement about the government’s need to fulfill the rights for all citizens. “Do not let them be discriminated against in terms of work, health services or freedom of expression. The state has to be there for them.”  

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