JAKARTA, Might 23 (Reuters) – Indonesia summoned Britain’s ambassador on Monday to clarify the elevating of a lesbian, homosexual, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) flag at its embassy, and urged international missions to respect native “sensitivities” following a backlash amongst conservatives.
Barring the sharia-ruled province of Aceh, homosexuality isn’t unlawful in Indonesia, the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation, though it’s usually thought of taboo.
The rainbow LGBT flag was flown alongside the British flag on the nation’s embassy in Jakarta on Might 17 to mark the Worldwide Day Towards Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia, in accordance an Instagram publish by the embassy.
Alumni 212 Brotherhood, an influential conservative Islamic motion, in an announcement stated the flag sullied the “sacred values of Indonesia”.
Teuku Faizasyah, international ministry spokesperson, confirmed British ambassador Owen Jenkins had been summoned.
“The international ministry reminds international representatives to be respectful of the sensitivities amongst Indonesians on issues related with their tradition, faith and perception,” he stated.
A British embassy spokesperson didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
Faizasyah stated that although an embassy is sovereign territory, the Vienna Conference on Diplomatic Relations stipulates solely that nation’s flag will be flown.
Indonesia is turning into much less tolerant of its LGBT group as some politicians change into extra vocal about Islam taking part in a bigger function within the state, in line with activists and human rights teams.
A 2020 survey by the Pew Analysis Heart additionally confirmed that 80% of Indonesians imagine homosexuality “shouldn’t be accepted by society”.
Final week, Indonesia’s chief safety minister stated a revision of the legal code being deliberated by parliament included some articles aimed on the LGBT group, a transfer backed by some conservative lawmakers.
His remarks adopted a backlash over a preferred podcast that was compelled to scrap an episode this month by which a homosexual couple was interviewed.