Law(s) in Indonesia: Activism and LGBT Rights


Dr. Ben Murtagh in conversation with Yasmin Purba on LGBT rights and activism in Indonesia following the recent arrests and caning incidents in Jakarta and Aceh respectively.

Yasmin Purba, Indonesian Human Rights Lawyer

Yasmin Purba is a human rights lawyer, who has been working in the fields of human rights, justice and development for more than 14 years. She is currently an expert member of the Arus Pelangi, a prominent civil society organization focussing on the advocacy of the human rights of the LGBTIQ communities in Indonesia. Additionally, she is also assisting the UN Human Rights Working Group in Indonesia to develop a framework of human rights based indicators for the localization of SDGs in Indonesia.

As a human rights lawyer and lesbian herself, Yasmin Purba has been actively involved in various works both in advocating the rights of LGBTIQ people, as well as strengthening the capacity of LGBTIQ communities in Indonesia.

Dr. Ben Murtagh, Senior Lecturer in Indonesian and Malay, SOAS

Dr. Ben Murtagh is also currently Head of the Departments of South and South East Asia at SOAS University of London. His main research interest is the representation of alternative genders and sexualities in Indonesia and South East Asia more generally, with a particular focus on cinema. His book Genders and Sexualities in Indonesian Cinema; constructing gay, lesbi and waria identities on screen was published by Routledge in 2013.