Indonesian government to probe psychiatrist for false LGBT claim

Posted on March 24, 2016

A renowned physician and member of the Indonesia Psychiatrists Association (PDSKJI), Fidiansjah made a statement that have been widely criticized by international medical circles as he paraphrased diagnostic guidelines to support his statements.

Health Minister Nila F. Moeloek said on Wednesday that she would ask for confirmation from Fidiansjah, who currently serves as the ministry’s mental health prevention and management director. The minister’s request was anticipated, especially after the Jakarta Legal Aid Institute (LBH Jakarta) had issued a warning to Fidiansjah.

“Yes, of course [I will summon Fidiansjah]. I will clarify [his statements] because I just read briefly [about them]. I believe I have to hear it completely first [from him],” she told The Jakarta Post.

The LBH Jakarta has reprimanded Fidiansjah after the latter had insisted that he “had spoken nothing but the truth” by labeling homosexuality and bisexuality mental disorders in a TV talkshow.

Category(s):LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender) Issues, Mental Health in Asia

Source material from Jakarta Post

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