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Jakarta Post

Anti-LGBT rhetoric to spike ahead of elections

  • Nurul Fitri Ramadhani and Ina Parlina

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, August 12 2016   /  09:07 am

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are in for another wave of hateful rhetoric aimed at them in the public sphere, with the country set to hold its second round of concurrent elections early next year, says the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW).

“Not only in Indonesia, but also in other countries, we usually see that politicians use [LGBT issues] to their advantage. It is a very easy and attractive thing to do. Unfortunately, no one stands up and says stop to the discrimination. Even the President remains silent,” HRW researcher, Kyle Knight, said.

In its report, released in Jakarta on Thursday, the HRW declared 2016 to be the gloomiest year ever for Indonesian LGBT people, who had to endure sporadic hateful rhetoric and violent attacks.

The report was based on research undertaken between Sept. 2015 and June 2016, including 70 in-depth intervi...