The municipality of Surabaya, East Java, has banned an international Gays and Lesbians conference which is scheduled to be held on 26-28 March 2010. Please find below an article in Kompas for reference.
I hope that the decision has bee informed to the conference organizer much earlier so that they can find alternative place for the event.
Int'l Gays and Lesbians Banned from Flocking to Surabaya
Rabu, 24 Maret 2010 | 14:00 WIB
Arif stated that the rejection can't be categorized as antidemocratic or against human rights. Democracy and human rights must also mind socio-cultural conditions.
"I don't think Surabaya is suitable for such an international seminar or conference," he said in Surabaya, Wednesday. But the Surabaya government can't declare an official statement on the issue. The permit is entirely up to the police.
"Because it has an international scale, so the permit must come from the police HQ by recommendation of the regional and district police. But I heard that the Surabaya chief police has also denied the permit with the reason that it has a potential to disturb law and order."
The gay-lesbian conference was scheduled for this weekend in Surabaya, and to be attended by 200 people from various countries. (RAZ/C17-09)