No human rights violation in West Sumatra’s LGBT ban: Human rights commission


The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), says it doesn’t see West Sumatra’s plan to ban LGBT behavior in the province as an infringement on the human rights of the persecuted minority group. Speaking in the West Sumatra capital of Padang yesterday, Komnas HAM officials said human rights violations depends heavily on cultural context — something that could justify the prohibition of any group or behavior. Despite seemingly being oblivious to the fact that not allowing one to express one’s sexual orientation is, intrinsically, a form of discrimination and therefore a violation of basic human rights, Ahmad went on to say that there’s a difference between passing a law and using force or violence to enforce it.

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