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Dede Oetomo
Selectors OK with gay, transgender candidates for human rights commissioners

in INDONESIA, 05/02/2012

National Commission of Human Rights (Komnas HAM) selection committee chief Jimly Asshiddiqie says selectors would have no problem in accepting homosexual or transgender candidates for commissioner roles.

“[We have] no problem with that, as long as they are human,” Jimly said Wednesday as quoted by tribunnews.com.

He was talking on the sidelines of a seminar on the 1945 Constitution Amendment at the International Conference of Islamic Scholars (ICIS) in Matraman, Central Jakarta.

Jimly said that although Indonesian people generally were not accepting of homosexuals and transgendered people, the selection committee would not take a person’s sexual orientation into consideration when selecting candidates for Komnas HAM commissioners.

“We won’t put someone’s sexual orientation into consideration. The most important thing is that they are qualified to be Komnas HAM commissioners,” he said.

On Tuesday, academic Dede Oetomo, a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activist, submitted a candidacy application.

Earlier, transvestite Yulianus Rettob Laut submitted an application on Jan. 20.

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