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Students protest gay prospect for Indonesian human rights body

A group of students protested in Banda Aceh, northwestern Indonesia, on Wednesday against the possibility gay rights activist Dede Oetomo could be appointed onto the country’s human rights commission (Komnas HAM).

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16th September 2012 03:49

Alessia Valenza | ILGA Asia

One sign read ‘Aceh’s people refuse gay figures in Komnas HAM’. One protester said ‘We reject gay and other transgender community entering institutions like Komnas HAM, because it will mar the state’s integrity,’ Tempo Interactive reports.

Oetomo told Gay Star News that he is not too concerned about the protests because he believes they represent ‘a loud minority within Indonesian Islam’. He said:

‘It makes me feel all the more serious about the need to educate society about the universality of human rights. In an odd way it makes me feel flattered.’

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