The British Embassy in Indonesia raised the LGBT rainbow flag. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu RI) protested the British Embassy’s action. The British Ambassador was stated to have noted Indonesia’s disappointment.
The British Ambassador to Indonesia, Owen Jenkins, has complied with the call from the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to clarify the raising of the LGBT flag on May 17 last week. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs then conveyed its official stance on the British side’s actions.
“On May 23, 2022, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs summoned the British Ambassador to Indonesia, Owen Jenkins, to express his concern and disappointment over the raising of the LGBT+ flag at the British Embassy last week,” the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a written statement when received detik.comTuesday (24/5/2022).
The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that Britain’s actions were not sensitive. The Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs asked all foreign embassies to respect religious, social and cultural values in Indonesia. The Indonesian protests were later noted by Owen Jenkins.
“In response to this, the British Ambassador noted the disappointment and protest of the Indonesian Government and will convey it to the British Government in London,” said the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The hoisting of the LGBT rainbow flag at the British Embassy, Kuningan, South Jakarta, was held on May 17, 2022, to coincide with Anti-Homophobia Day. The flag flew next to the British flag.
“Yesterday, on the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) – we raised the LGBT+ flag and held an event, for all of us who are part of the one human family,” the British Embassy in Indonesia said in a statement via its official Instagram account, accessed detik.comSaturday (21/5) yesterday.
British Embassy to RI posted support for LGBT. (doc. Instagram @ukinindonesia)
The UK has clearly shown its siding with LGBT rights. The UK also urges all countries in the world to stop discrimination against LGBT people. A moment later, there were criticisms of the raising of the LGBT flag in Jakarta. The majority of the criticism comes from religious circles.
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