Faith and religion / Oceania

Conservative Indonesians vs. LGBTI rights

LGBTI Indonesians often are at odds with conservative Muslims in their quest for recognition of their human rights. Those confrontations pose particular difficulties, because Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population — more than 200 million, an estimated 95 percent of the total population. But many disputes beyond just faith-based ones are highlighted … Continue reading

Asia / Faith and religion

Indonesia: Detention, ‘rehab’ for 2 women who hugged

The Associated Press reported on Oct. 3: 2 suspected Indonesian lesbians to undergo ‘rehabilitation’ BANDA ACEH, Indonesia — Two suspected lesbians detained earlier this week by Islamic Shariah police in Indonesia’s conservative Aceh province will undergo what an official described Saturday as “rehabilitation,” and won’t be charged with a crime. The women, 18 and 19 … Continue reading


Human rights official blasts anti-LGBTI bias in Indonesia

From Indonesia’s Jakarta Post: 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. … Continue reading