Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen growing state and public hostility towards the LGBT Community.
The AGO’s website listed criteria for applicants and said they could not have “physical or mental disorders, including sexual orientation deviations and behavioural deviations”.
“We just want the normal ones,” said Mukri, a spokesman at the attorney general’s office, who uses just one name. “All religions still prohibit that kind of act,” he said, adding that candidates who intended to become prosecutors needed to be tough and professional. The agency also said applicants should not be colour blind, or have tattoos or piercings and put limits on their weight. Indonesia’s 74 ministries and state agencies, alongside 467 local administrations, started hiring for new civil servant candidates this month.
The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) said the restrictions were a violation of human rights. “Everyone should be able to do their jobs without paying mind to their sexual orientations or gender identities,” Beka Ulung Hapsara of Komnas HAM, said in a statement.
Homosexuality is not a crime in Indonesia, except in the ultra-conservative Islamic province of Aceh, but some religious groups have called for it to be banned. Many members of the LGBT community are not open about their sexual orientation. In September, Arus Pelangi, an LGBT advocacy group, reported more than 1,800 cases of persecution of gay Indonesians happening between 2006 and 2017.
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