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Amid criticism, Jokowi maintains stance on LGBT

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie, Agnes Anya and Safrin La Batu

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 7 2018   /  12:45 am
Face to face: United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaks with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday where they discussed the government’s commitment to protect and promote human rights in Indonesia.(JP/Seto Wardhana)(JP/Seto Wardhana)

Face to face: United Nations Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein speaks with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during a meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday where they discussed the government’s commitment to protect and promote human rights in Indonesia.(JP/Seto Wardhana)President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo invoked culture and beliefs adopted by the people of Indonesia, home to the largest Muslim population in the world, in implying on Tuesday that the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community is not acceptable in the country.

The remark came despite forceful criticism by civil society groups over the inclusion of an article that may outlaw same-sex relations in the Criminal Code (KUHP) bill being deliberated at the House of Representatives.

Although Jokowi did not abandon his disapproval of the LGBT community, he highlighte...