Indonesia: Gender Recognition

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 23rd April 2020.

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Photo of Stephen Kinnock Stephen Kinnock Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on (a) protecting the human rights of the trans community in that country and (b) the murder of the trans woman, known as Mira, in Jakarta.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We closely monitor events in Indonesia that involve the LGBT community through our Embassy in Jakarta, including the death of an Indonesia national called Mira. We understand suspects have been arrested and that the investigation is ongoing. The UK continues to advocate for minority rights, including lobbying to ensure that any changes to the Indonesian penal code do not discriminate against minority groups. The UK also held a workshop in December 2019 which supported media reporting on LGBT rights.

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