LGBTI Indonesians scared of government’s new app, report it to Google

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12/21/2018

A new government ‘heresy’ app in Indonesia has troubled the LGBTI community. Smart Pakem, developed by the Jakarta prosecutor’s office, allows everyday Indonesians to report complaints of ‘deviant beliefs’. It features a list of supposedly heretical organizations including their addresses and the names of their leaders.What’s more, the prosecutor may pursue charges under Indonesia’s archaic blasphemy laws. More than 1,000 people have now downloaded Smart Pakem. Google lists it under the ‘education’ section of its app store. Queer Indonesians told Gay Star News they were worried this app could be the lethal tool in rising religious intolerance and oppression of the LGBTI community. They also called on Google to remove the app. Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law punishes deviations from the tenets of Islam, Protestantism, Catholicism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Confucianism. Importantly, courts punish those found guilty with up to five years in prison.

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