BONSERNEWS.com – The organizers of ASEAN Queer Advocacy Week canceled a meeting of ASEAN lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Jakarta. The gathering of ASEAN-wide LGBT activists was moved outside Indonesia.
“We affirm our call to ASEAN and governments to create dialogue with marginalized groups, including those who are discriminated against on the basis of their sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, and sex characteristics (SOGIESC),” said the organizers of Queer Advocacy Week ASEAN, Sogie Caucus, Wednesday 12 July 2023.
The organizers said they had monitored the situation before canceling planned activities in Jakarta. The ASEAN Sogie Caucus did not mention where the meeting would be held after it was canceled in Jakarta. It is known, ASEAN SOEGIE is incorporated in the Philippines.
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“Our shared vision of an inclusive ASEAN region is based on the existence of a safe space for civil society and rights-holders to learn about the institution, to discuss issues that are important to them, and to collectively exercise our right to freely express our views on how ASEAN advance, or not, the human rights of our people,” he said.
ASEAN Sogie explained that it would continue to voice the protection of human rights. They also urged the ASEAN human rights mechanism to monitor attacks against human rights defenders.
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“We urge the ASEAN human rights mechanism to monitor and respond to this,” the organization said.
Previously, information about the agenda for a meeting of LGBT activists across ASEAN caused a commotion. The meeting will be held in Jakarta this July. The police are moving to check the truth.
Initially, this information was known from a social media account, which has now been deleted. It was stated that the event would be held on 17-21 July 2023 in Jakarta. However, the exact location is not yet known.
Director of Intelligence and Security (Dirintelkam) Polda Metro Jaya Kombes Hirbak Wahyu Setiawan said that until now his party had not received a request to hold the event in Jakarta. The police are still looking for the truth of the information circulating.
“Yes, so far no one has applied for a permit and there has been no notification either. The Regional Police are also looking into whether this is true or not, in Jakarta it is true or not,” said Hirbak. ()