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Komnas HAM criticizes Depok draft bill on anti-LGBT

Tempo - July 23, 2019

Irsyan Hasyim, Jakarta – The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) expressed rejection against the plan of Depok administration to pass a regional regulation concerning anti-Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT).

"The government should not distinguish a person by differences in sexual preferences. Everyone has the same rights in the state," said the commission member Amiruddin, Monday, July 22.

According to Amiruddin, such a regulation showed that the drafters denied the essence of the nation. He underlined that every citizen has the same position in the law regardless of their sexual orientation.

"State apparatus or those who run the state authority must understand this," he asserted.

A total of seven factions in Depok Legislative Council (DPRD) submitted a draft bill to the DPRD chairman Hendrik Tangke Allo on December 31, 2018. The draft noted the agreement of the factions for the establishment of a regulation to curb LGBT in the city.

The seven factions are Gerindra Party, PPP Party, PAN Party, Golkar Party, Restorasi Nurani Bangsa Party, PKS Party, and PDIP Party.

Source: https://en.tempo.co/read/1227464/komnas-ham-criticizes-depok-draft-bill-on-anti-lgbt