Indonesia: Ministries Ban Pregnant and Disabled Job Seekers

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Indonesian ministries are banning pregnant, disabled, job seekers. The world’s biggest Muslim majority country takes applications from millions of candidates who are applying for some 200,000 civil-service jobs nationwide.

Indonesia commissioner Ninik Rahayu said an investigation found that the defence and trade ministries, as well as the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), were discriminating against candidates in their job advertisements and banning people from applying for a job simply because they are transgender is not acceptable and is a violation of human rights.

AGO spokesman told reporters that the institution banned gay and transgender applicants in favor of “normal” candidates.

Usman Hamid, the executive director of Amnesty International Indonesia said : “Indonesia should be trying to recruit the best and brightest to its civil service, not applying arbitrary and hateful restrictions”.

“This is against both Indonesia’s constitution and its obligations under international human rights law”, he said, calling on the respective ministries to ditch the rules

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