Indonesia's President Joko Widodo takes pictures with supporters during a campaign rally, on March 24. Photo: Reuters

The appeal of Joko Widodo – Indonesian president, rock-loving everyman and giver of bicycles

As the nation prepares to elect its next leader, the slum-born furniture manufacturer, who has changed the face of politics in the world’s third-largest democracy and given away a lot of bicycles in the process, is hoping for a second term

Topic |   Indonesia

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Indonesia's President Joko Widodo takes pictures with supporters during a campaign rally, on March 24. Photo: Reuters
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Indonesia’s LGBT communities face increasing persecution, punishment and public humiliation as the Muslim-majority nation loses tolerance for what it perceives to be moral crimes. Photo : Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom

In Indonesia, LGBT communities viewed as a moral threat – condemned by religion and, increasingly, by law

  • The Muslim-majority nation is using a pornography law to target LGBT people, with public humiliation a ritual punishment
  • HIV epidemic feared as homosexual stigma forces many to go ‘underground’, with as much as half of the infected population undiagnosed
Topic |   LGBTQ

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Indonesia’s LGBT communities face increasing persecution, punishment and public humiliation as the Muslim-majority nation loses tolerance for what it perceives to be moral crimes. Photo : Thomas Cristofoletti / Ruom
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