Aceh’s Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) has openly rejected the idea of Gaya Nusantara founder, Dede Oetama, joining the National Human Rights National Commission (Komnas HAM).
Dozens of Aceh college students protested at the Simpang Lima roundabout in Banda Aceh on Wednesday, September 12, 2012. They said that Dede, being a homosexual man, who aggressively gives his voice for the freedom of expression and even same-sex marriages, was a symbol that contradicted the country’s moral and religious norms.
The protesters carried posters that spelled out their rejection of homosexual and transgender people from winning a seat within Komnas HAM. One poster read: “Aceh’s people refuse gay figures in Komnas HAM”.
Faisal Qasim, Aceh United Actions’ Leader, said that all legally-recognized religions in Indonesia would never tolerate same sex marriages. “We reject gay and other transgender community entering institutions like Komnas HAM, because it will mar the state’s integrity,” said him.
PHOTO: Aceh’s Indonesian Muslim Students Action Front (KAMMI) protests against the inclusion of gay and transgender people as prospective commissioners for the National Commission on Human Rights