Indonesia: Homosexuality

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 4th June 2020.

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Photo of Alex Sobel Alex Sobel Shadow Minister (Digital, Culture, Media and Sport)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to his Indonesian counterpart on that Government's Family Resilience Bill which would make homosexuality illegal in Indoniesia.

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

We have not made any representations with regards to this specific bill; our understanding is that it is not a Government bill.

We closely monitor events in Indonesia that involve the LGBT community through our Embassy in Jakarta. The UK continues to advocate for minority rights, including lobbying the Government of Indonesia and other stakeholders, to ensure that any changes to Indonesian law do not discriminate against minority groups. The UK also organised a media freedom conference and workshop in December 2019, which supported media reporting on minority rights in Indonesia, including the LGBT community.

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