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Democrats: 'Being gay in Indonesia is a Constitutional right' JAKARTA - Politicians from President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono's Democratic Party have finally come into action by unlawful actions against gay and lesbians in the country. Although their actions seem too little too late, they are clear that that gays and lesbians have the constitutional right to hold a congress wherever and whenever they wish.

"Holding a congress is every citizen's basic human rights. Gays and lesbians are citizens, whose political and legal rights are guaranteed and protected by the Constitution," Benny Kabur Harman, chairman of the House of Representatives’ law and human rights commission, said Friday.

"Our Constitution guarantees and protects people’s freedom of opinion and to assemble. So, there is no way for the state to forbid them from conducting a congress. In conclusion, any prohibition for gays and lesbians to hold the congress is baseless. The state must instead protect them to be able to organize the congress peacefully." Benny Kabur Harman

Benny's colleague, Pieter Zulkifli, said that the congress should be perceived as part of a celebration towards democracy and human rights. The Surabaya police banned the congress, which was originally planned to take place from March 26 to March 28, following objection from various Muslim organizations and ulema. Organizers of the international congress may relocate the venue of the event to another city in East Java.


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Posted in Religion @ 26 March 2010 08:31 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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