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disconnect between law and practice in protecting the rights of women and LGBT online.

13:05 Nov 4 2013 Indonesia

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In the workshop hosted by APC’s CIPP and WRP at IGF Bali, ‘Connecting Our Rights: Strategies for Progress’, participants discussed ways in which internet rights issues are being addressed within various human rights mechanisms and spaces, and the implications for global internet governance and public policy.

Speaking on the context of Indonesia, Kamilia Manaf discussed the disconnect between law and practice in protecting the rights of women and LGBT online. Despite ratifying CEDAW, since 2011, LGBT websites have been blocked in the country, on the basis that they promote pornography and sexual deviance. Women’s rights groups are also working to raise internet-related human rights issues with the national human rights institution and local ISPs. Both Kamel and another local participant expressed frustration over the local ISP association’s decision to run ‘Miss Internet Bali’, which does not support progress on women’s rights and internet rights, and ignores the multiple identities of women.

Hate speech and violent language targeted at women and sexual minorities was discussed as a growing issue in Indonesia, silencing the voices of these groups in online spaces
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