SUPPORTING LESBIAN. GAY, BISEXUAL AND TRANSGENDER (LGBT) CONFERENCES

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Conference
2010 National LGBT Conference
Date
29 July 2010
Decision

The 4th Asian Regional International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association conference scheduled to be held on March 26-29, 2010 in Surabaya, Indonesia, ended before it could start.

Conference participants were threatened by religious fundamentalist groups in Surabaya led by the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI). The International Lesbian. Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA) organisers were forced to cancel the conference. The participants had to evacuate the Oval Hotel where the conference was to be held. (This was the second venue as the participants were earlier forced to leave The Mercure, the original conference venue). Participants were evacuated as they could not rely on the hotel management and the police to secure and ensure their safety. Local LGBT groups who sponsored the conference continue to be harassed by fundamentalist groups.

A statement released on April 3 by ILGA-ASIA Board said, “This incident has not weakened our movement but has only made us stronger. For we know our work is important and what we do changes the lives of so many people around Asia and the world. Our determination is that much stronger and our belief is that much more,”

Such threats and harassment are unacceptable in our global society and we would ask the National LGBT Committee to:

1.Write a letter of support to ILGA Asia;

2.Work with the International Committee on supporting LGBTI human rights defenders where they are under attack;

3.Write to Regions and Branches asking them to support ILGA.