Faced with growing criticism over recent anti-LGBT actions in Indonesia, the Jakarta government has told VOA it will safeguard the rights of all minority groups while taking into account "religious and cultural values that must be upheld." A statement released by the Indonesian Embassy in Washington responded to a letter last week from 36 members of the U.S. Congress that condemned the Jakarta government's alleged disregard for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The European Parliament has raised similar concerns. "For the Indonesian government, the letter expresses U.S. Congress members' compassion with Indonesia as a democratic, tolerant country with the largest Muslim population in the world and the United States' important partner in the region," said the statement, released Tuesday.
June 22 / Voice of America