Indonesia: Fundamentalist group attacks transgender human rights workshop

May 13, 2010

Via email from Kamilia, Excecutive Director of Institut Pelangi Perempuan (Indonesian Youth Lesbian Center) comes the disturbing news of three recent attacks by members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) on transgender human rights workshops and HIV/AIDS seminars in West Java.

Dear all,

I just got an information, last night May 11, Islamic Defender Forum again attacked HIV/AIDS seminar in Bandung West Java. One of the participant wrote on mailing list said that they all fine at this moment and just stay in the hotel room for their safety. Within a month, it’s been 3 times they attacked LGBT groups in Indonesia.

The last incident happened several days ago in Depok West Java, transgender group hold a human rights workshop attacked by Islamic Defender Forum. it was actually organized by National Human Rights commission and one of the speaker is the commissioner, and they could not do anything at that time. It is too ironic even police asked the National Human Rights commission to leave the workshop. You can see this video of how fundamentalist groups attacked LGBT people on ILGA Asia conference in Surabaya Indonesia and Transgender group workshop in Depok West Java.

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMIrg-ILjD0

YouTube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cDElPB_cjF8

Sass Rogando Sasot, who forwarded Kamilia’s email, adds:

According to the news:

Dozens of members of the Islam Defenders Front (FPI) stormed a human rights training program intended for transgender individuals at a hotel in Depok, West Java.

The program, organized by the National Commission for Human Rights (Komnas HAM), had just begun when dozens of FPI members forced their way (past police) into the room.

The FPI is the same fundamentalist group that forced the cancellation of the ILGA-Asia Conference in March.

BBC profiles FPI in the same light as other radical groups in Indonesia.
Here’s the link: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/2333085.stm#islamic_defenders

For the news coverage about this incident, please visit:

  1. http://www.thejakartapost.com/news/2010/05/01/fpi-sabotages-transgender-workshop.html
  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMIrg-ILjD0 –> this is the video of how FPI raided the workshop (as you will see the police just allowed it to happen!)

One Response to “Indonesia: Fundamentalist group attacks transgender human rights workshop”

  1. Lucy Says:

    It is disturbing, if not surprising, that the police did not even offer a token resistance to the attacks. These kinds of harassment are a low-level form of terrorism but are terrorism nonetheless, something we should well remember. I am glad that no one was injured in these attacks but worry about their success having an emboldening effect.


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