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[Editorial] Indonesia disavows “unity in diversity”

A new report by Human Rights Watch, published on July 1, lays bare Indonesia’s “crackdown” on the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people to live free from intimidation and discrimination. Indonesia is a largely Muslim democracy where LGBT people face widespread stigma and discrimination—one 2018 survey found that among Indonesians who knew what LGBT was, 79·1% would object to having an LGBT person as a neighbour. Intolerance and the behaviour of the country’s police force have exacerbated an existing HIV crisis.