LGBT Activism Under Attack in Surabaya, Indonesia

Published: April 1, 2010

LGBT Activism Under Attack in Surabaya, Indonesia

Grace Poore and Ging Cristobal, staff members of the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) were in Surabaya, Indonesia for the International Lesbian and Gay Association (ILGA) Asia conference scheduled to begin in the East Java capital on March 26 and run through March 29, 2010.

One hundred and fifty activists representing one hundred organizations from sixteen Asian countries were scheduled to attend.  As participants began to arrive for the weekend’s activities, Indonesian police ordered the cancellation of the conference in response to pressure from Islamist fundamentalist groups. The conference hotel refused to permit the conference to proceed.  ILGA Asia found alternate venue, but fundamentalists tracked them there.  One of the groups occupied the hotel lobby for several days. After threats of violence and hours of negotiation, Indonesian activists were forced to leave the hotel and foreign attendees forced to disperse until they could leave Indonesia. Grace Poore, Coordinator of IGLHRC’s Asia and Pacific Island Program, documented her experience.

This is the first part of her story.

-Full text of article can be found at link below-

Leave a Reply