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Gays demand Indonesia revoke local ordinances inspired by Islam JAKARTA - Gay and lesbian groups were demanding that the Indonesian government revoke local ordinances inspired by Islamic law that they claim violate their human and constitutional rights, a news report said Tuesday. The Association of Jakarta Transvestites; Arus Pelangi, a gay advocacy group; and the Srikandi Foundation, a women's advocacy group, appealed to the Justice and Human Rights Ministry to immediately strike down the ordinances, The Jakarta Post reported.

'Such ordinances are politically charged to please the majority,' Rido Triawan, director of Arus Pelangi, told ministry officials during a meeting Monday. Provincial districts, exercising new powers of autonomy, have sparked a legal and religious battle in recent months by issuing dozens of local bylaws inspired by Shariah, or Islamic law, including outlawing homosexuality, forbidding women from walking alone at night, banning alcohol and insisting female civil servants wear headscarves.

Indonesia is the country with the largest Muslim population in the world. While its government and society are secular, Jakarta has so far refrained from interfering in local governance for fear of being seen as subverting the new local autonomy. An anti-prostitution law passed in 2004 in Palembang on Sumatra outlaws gay men and lesbians and includes homosexuality in its definition of prostitution. 'Being a homosexual is a personal choice,' Rido said. 'It is not a crime.'

Other activists cited reports of local police beating transvestites during raids. The issue of local laws inspired by Islam has become increasingly heated since Indonesia's parliament in July allowed strife-town Aceh province to continue implementing Shariah law even though it likely violates the country's 1945 Constitution. Jakarta has said it will review all ordinances passed by local governments to ensure they do not violate national law.

However, Wahiduddin Adams, who is in charge of facilitating the drafting of regional bylaws, admitted that the Jakarta government was finding it difficult to stop the spread of discriminatory ordinances. 'Most of those ordinances have not yet been reported to the Home Ministry and the Justice and Human Rights Ministry,' he was quoted as saying.



Posted in Religion @ 03 October 2006 14:20 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





Yerun
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By stating that these local laws might be unconstitutional, that means you are saying a lot. I'm not an expert, but just today I watched CNN a short while. It concerned an issue of a British citizen allegedly murdered a Pakistani cab-driver. He was freed by the secular court, but centenced to death by Sharia court. That's strange in the first place, but what should prevail in that country since both are valid there? In Indonesia its not (yet?) both officially in use everywhere, but the strange situations that are happening here are a huge concern for the future.



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On 03-10-2006 14:31 Yerun wrote:
, but the strange situations that are happening here are a huge concern for the future.


That's what I'm already stating for a long time. But it seems that I am a voice crying in the wilderness.
I'm pessimistic that if things don't change for the better in a short time (unlikely with a worldwide fundamental moslim-resurrection), there's no future anymore for this country and in its contemporary appearance will fade away and decompose.



searching
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Amen to that. Where Islam pervails, humanity fades



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On 03-10-2006 14:31 Yerun wrote:

but what should prevail in that country since both are valid there? In Indonesia its not (yet?) both officially in use everywhere


Depends to the wish of the people , it is democrazy according the western countries.



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Dear Sidia,

I just think that people with special preferences like gays should be able to do what they want AS LONG AS:
1) They don't disturb other people.
2) They don't do something illegally.

Warm Regards,

WJ



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On 04-10-2006 10:10 johny251976 wrote:
Dear Sidia,

I just think that people with special preferences like gays should be able to do what they want AS LONG AS:
1) They dont disturb other people.
2) They dont do something illegally.

Warm Regards,


Silahkan maju 'Johny' ............ we should not always look for 'INDOnesian compromises', kalau tida INDOnesia tida 'kemuka' cuma lihat kitaorong punya 'pusat', seperti 'orang 2 cinta pusat diri sendiri'.




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On 04-10-2006 09:44 sidia wrote:

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Depends to the wish of the people , it is democrazy according the western countries.


Democracy according to western countries is based on some simple humanist rules. western democracy is based on our culture and how we developed. our democracy is secular, so no stupid religious law!!! if u talk bout ur democracy dont mix it up with western. So many form of "democracy"
People here lately seem to forget about our origin or want to be political correct and radicals make good use of our tolerance.




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Islamic democracy:

- when you are weak, play taqiyya and say that "Islam is the religion of peace".
(it is done in the western world at the moment).
- when you are strong, opress the weak and make them convert.

I think Indonesian democracy is nearer to Islamic democracy.



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