CALL ON AUS GOV TO CONDEMN PROPOSED INDON ANTI-LGBTIQ LAW
Equality advocates are calling on the Australian Government to speak out against moves in Indonesia to criminalise homosexuality
A proposal before the Indonesian Parliament will see LGBTIQ people sent to "rehabilitation camps", with the children of those who do not turn themselves in being taken away.
Just.equal spokesperson, Ivan Hinton-Teoh, said,
"Less than a fortnight ago, the President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, addressed the Australian Parliament about the importance of freedom and human rights."
"Australia's foreign minister should seek clarification on the President's position regarding the proposed law, and make it clear the Australian Government unequivocally condemns it."
Mr Hinton-Teoh said the Australian Government has a moral duty and economic interest in defending LGBTIQ equality in the Asia Pacific region.
"It is in Australia's interest to promote LGBTIQ acceptance in our region because societies that are accepting of LGBTIQ people are more equal, more stable and more prosperous."
For a news report on the proposed Indonesian legislation click here