I just got an information, last night May 11, Islamic Defender Forum again attacked HIV/AIDS seminar in Bandung West Java. One of the participant wrote on mailing list said that they all fine at this moment and just stay in the hotel room for their safety. Within a month, it’s been 3 times they attacked LGBT groups in Indonesia.
The last incident happened several days ago in Depok West Java, transgender group hold a human rights workshop attacked by Islamic Defender Forum. It was actually organized by National Human Rights commission and one of the speaker is the commissioner, and they could not do anything at that time. It is too ironic even police asked the National Human Rights commission to leave the workshop. You can see this video of how fundamentalist groups attacked LGBT people on ILGA Asia conference in Surabaya Indonesia and Transgender group workshop in Depok West Java.
The consolidation meeting of LGBTIQ groups in Indonesia on May 4-6 went good. We finally have a statement of Indonesia LGBTIQ forum which ready to disseminate and it’s still translated into English for the international network. The last day of the meeting we had meeting with National Human Rights Commission and Women’s Rights and National Commission on Violence Against Women. We also have platform for our strategic planning for the next 5 years.
We also decided that international network could make any statement or action to support us in the name of your own organization or groups. We also welcome you for any suggestion for our protection here.
Executive Director of Institut Pelangi Perempuan (An Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center)