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Jakarta Post

Education minister listed as speaker of anti-LGBT event

  • Karina M. Tehusijarana

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 24, 2018   /   04:59 pm
Education minister listed as speaker of anti-LGBT event Culture and Education Minister Muhadjir Effendy. (Kompas/-)

Education and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy may attend on Wednesday an event advocating against the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

A poster circulating on social media named Muhadjir as the main speaker at a discussion titled "Save Indonesian Families and Children From the LGBT Movement", held by the Dharma Women’s Union (DWP), an organization led by the wives of government officials. 

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Other speakers at the event include Euis Sunarti, a Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB) professor who had previously petitioned the Constitutional Court (MK) to criminalize homosexual relationships, and Dewi Inong Irana, a doctor who has been outspoken about her belief that LGBT behavior spreads HIV/AIDS.

On Dec. 14 last year, the Constitutional Court rejected Euis’ petition.

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The event is scheduled on Wednesday morning at one of the ministry’s buildings in South Jakarta.

Education Ministry spokesperson Seno Hartono confirmed that the minister had been invited to the event but added that his attendance was still uncertain.

“The minister is still in Papua, so he may not attend the event,” he told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday. 

He said the talk had been organized by DWP and was not an Education Ministry event.

"The minister was only invited to speak," he said. 

When asked what the minister would talk about if he attended, Seno said only: "It hasn't been decided yet.” (evi)