16th December 2019

Indonesia attorney general's office condemned for barring LGBT recruits

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‘Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen growing state and public hostility towards the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.’

‘Indonesia’s human rights commission condemned on Monday the attorney general’s office for barring LGBT people from applying for posts it did not want people with what it called “sexual orientation deviations”.

The AGO’s website listed criteria for applicants and said they could not have “physical or mental disorders, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioral deviations”.’
“We just want the normal ones,” said Mukri, a spokesman at the attorney general’s office, who uses one name.

“All religions still prohibit that kind of act,” he said, adding that candidates who intended to become prosecutors needed to be tough and professional.
The agency also said applicants should not be colour blind, or have tattoos or piercings and put limits on their weight.

“Everyone should be able to do their jobs without paying mind to their sexual orientations or gender identities,” Beka Ulung Hapsara of Komnas HAM, said in a statement.

Homosexuality is not a crime in Indonesia, except in the ultra-conservative Islamic province of Aceh, but some religious groups have called for it to be banned. Many members of the LGBT community are not open about their sexual orientation.

Information from Reuters