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Indonesian LBT Women Exposed to Backlash

in INDONESIA, 23/08/2012

CEDAW--the international beacon for women's rights--does not shine on lesbians, bisexuals and transgender people in Indonesia. This is a painful disappointment, given LBT people's need for protection from a fundamentalist backlash.

LBT rights are not seen as women's rights by the Indonesian state, the global beacon for women's rights, the Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW), does not apply to LBT people in the country.

At the CEDAW Committee's review of Indonesia held at the United Nations headquarters in New York City in July 2012, even Komnas Perempuan (the Indonesian National Commission of Women) was reluctant to raise LBT issues. Read the full story here

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