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Jakarta Post

AGO makes U-turn on anti-LGBT recruitment policy

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 14 2017   /  12:21 am

The Attorney General’s Office (AGO) has decided to drop its controversial policy banning homosexuals and transgender people from becoming its employees following a protest note from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

The AGO, which is now looking for new employees, including prosecutors, announced earlier this month that one of the requirements to join the institution is that applicants “do not have a mental illness, including people with abnormal sexual orientation and transgenders.”

The Komnas HAM condemned the AGO for issuing such a policy, calling it a form of discrimination.

The commission argued that according to the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Diagnostic Classification on Mental Disorder Guidelines (PPDGJ) III year 1987, homosexuality was not a mental illness.

“Such a policy should not be used by any state insti...