The Rights Commission asks the Mayor of Depok to cancel the ‘LGBT raid’

Jakarta. The National Human Rights Commission, or Komnas HAM, has sent an official letter to the mayor of Depok, one of the satellite cities of Jakarta, located south of the capital, asking him to cancel a plan for a raid against lesbian, gay people, Bisexual and transgender. In the area.

Mayor Mohammad Idris had ordered the raid on houses and apartments rented in the city to suppress LGBT behavior and activities.

He had also planned to open a crisis center to re-educate LGBT individuals and groups.

The orders of the mayor were a reaction to the recent sentence in the United Kingdom of the “most prolific sexual attacker in the world” Reynhard Sinaga. who grew up in Depok.

Komnas HAM wrote to the mayor demanding that he cancel the raid and offer protection for minority groups, including LGBT groups, in Depok.

“[The raid] could potentially incite violence [against LGBT groups]”Choirul said in his office in Jakarta on Tuesday.

“It also means that a certain group of citizens will be treated differently than others, a clear case of discrimination,” he said.

By Tuesday, Komnas HAM was still waiting for a response from the mayor or Depok city officials.

According to Komnas HAM, the mayor’s order also goes against the 1945 Constitution, especially Article 28G (1) which states: “Everyone shall have the right to the protection of himself, his family, honor, dignity and property, and he must have the right to feel safe and receive protection against the threat of fear of doing or not doing something that is a human right. “

Amnesty International Indonesia has also issued a statement condemning the order, arguing that the mayor’s campaign interferes with private rights.

“Same-sex relationships are protected by international law and there can be no justification for these hate raids. The criminalization of homosexuality is discriminatory and violates the rights to private and family life, freedom of expression and freedom. of meeting and association, “said Amnesty International. Indonesia’s chief executive, Usman Hamid, said in a written statement.

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