As someone who spent a year living and doing volunteer ESL instruction in Indonesia, this is a troubling development. I found the Indonesian people to be, warm, engaging, and good natured. The negative impact of religious extremism is an incredibly troubling development!
Human Rights Watch is pleading for restraint and tolerance from Indonesian officials in order to protect LGBT citizens of Indonesia from harassment and persecution:
Condemn Bias; Pledge to Protect LGBT Groups
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (Photo courtesy of abc.net.au)
Indonesia’s government should defend the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and publicly condemn officials’ grossly discriminatory remarks, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
Since January 2016, various government officials have made public comments demeaning the country’s LGBT community. Local government and education officials have touted discriminatory anti-LGBT measures including suggesting bans on LGBT student groups on university campuses and ordering police to halt an HIV outreach event for gay and bisexual men.
“President Jokowi should urgently condemn anti-LGBT remarks by officials before such rhetoric opens the door to more abuses,” said Graeme…
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