Kristine Johnson, Secretary
Gina Mather, President
Australian Transgender Support Organisation (Queensland)
0409 010 668
Hon Joko Widodo
President Republic of Indonesia
H.E. Yohanes Kristiarto Soeryo Legowo
Like many people across Indonesia and around the world, we were appalled to learn that a transgender woman, Mira, was burned alive near her home in North Jakarta, on April 4th.
We welcomed President Widodo’s commitment to human rights during his address to the Australian Parliament on February 10th. We now ask that the Indonesian Government ensures these principles are extended to LGBTIQ Indonesians.
This includes the following measures:
· Ensure Mira's death is subject to a thorough police investigation and the perpetrators brought to justice.
· Make it clear that human rights and the rule of law apply equally to all Indonesians, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation or any other distinction.
· Take action against hate crimes on the basis of gender identity, sexual orientation and other grounds
· Work with human rights, civil society and LGBTIQ groups to foster the tolerance, and value the diversity, Indonesia has traditionally been renowned for.
This matters now more than ever. At times of crisis, like the Covid-19 pandemic, fear and uncertainty can trigger hatred and violence against stigmatised minorities. Surely all governments have a duty to show that human rights and the rule of law continue to prevail.
Indonesia is one of the world's largest democracies. It has the capacity to exercise significant influence around the globe in regard to the promotion of democratic values. We urge the Indonesian Government to ensure that the promise of democracy - legal equality, individual freedom and personal safety - is shared by all Indonesians, including LGBTIQ Indonesians.