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Indonesia’s Invisible People Face Discrimination, and Sometimes Death, By Database

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Highlighting how LGBT+ people in Indonesia are being systematically shut out of society

This article explores the risks faced by trans women in Indonesia, who face prejudice and inequalities that are worsened by the fact that many of them lack a digital identity card, meaning they cannot access healthcare, education, voting rights, or enrol in the formal economy.

“According to a 2017 study conducted by the human rights group Gaya Warna Lentera Indonesia, out of almost 1,000 trans women, roughly 34% had no identification documents.”

Other groups that are rendered invisible by this system include indigenous people, migrants, and people in remote islands. The problem has been further exacerbated by the pandemic, as those without IDs are unable to access testing, treatment, and vaccines.

‘The system is flawed,’ said Andreas Harsono, Indonesia researcher at Human Rights Watch. ‘It’s multilayered discrimination, systematically excluding vulnerable communities’

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