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Jakarta Post

Watchdog identifies 24 discriminatory bylaws in Yogyakarta

  • Bambang Muryanto

    The Jakarta Post

Yogyakarta   /   Tue, July 23 2019   /  12:41 am

A human rights watchdog, the Setara Institute, has identified 24 bylaws in Yogyakarta that directly and indirectly discriminate against minority groups, including Indonesians of Chinese descent, disabled people, women, followers of native faiths and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.The findings were revealed last week when Setara presented the results of its research on the impact of bylaws on public services that it conducted from September 2018 to May 2019.“In Yogyakarta, there are two bylaws that have a direct discriminatory impact [on the minority groups],” said Setara Institute executive director Ismail Hasani, who is also a lecturer at the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University (UIN) Jakarta.He referred to the Yogyakarta gubernatorial instruction on land ownership and the Bantul regency bylaw on prostitution. He said the bylaws directly affected...