Activists in Jakarta on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia, 17 May
As Indonesia’s parliamentary and presidential elections approach and political campaigning gathers force, attention turns to human rights and the question of whether the nation will continue to make progress from its rocky track record.
The past two decades have seen Indonesia undergo increasing democratisation but human rights abuses are still a concern in many areas, including discrimination towards minorities.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Indonesia have long borne the brunt of repression in society, including lack of acknowledgement or legal protection, especially in parts of the country governed by Sharia law where same-sex relationships are illegal.
But the movement for recognition of LGBT rights is gathering momentum and activist groups are increasingly making their voices heard.