2) Kontras Lists Human Rights Violations in Indonesia
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, Kontras, in short, drawn up a list of 19 human rights issues in Indonesia. The list was drafted ahead to Kontras' 19th birthday on March 20, 2017.
Kontras coordinator Yati Andriyani said that the list reflects the current state of human rights issue in Indonesia.
"Ahead of Kontras' 19th birthday, we found a thesis that the state is not yet mature. Why? We have some yardsticks, the current state of human rights is a far cry from the ideal image of human rights," Yati said in Jakarta on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.
According to Yati, Kontras asserted that the government has been very lenient to human rights violators. Yati said that the government seemed to have somewhat collaborated or compromised with them.
Yati also named various human rights violators. "[The violators] used to be security officials, now its corporations," Yati said. Local governments, under special autonomy law, could violate human rights as well, according to Yati.
"For example, the government is stepping up its crackdown on narcotics and terrorism, but the measures were not followed by fair trials and law enforcement agencies reforms and [upholding of] human rights principles," Yati said.
Below is the list of human rights issues drawn up by Kontras:
1. Reconciliation and ambiguity of justice agenda. (For 19 years, the government has yet to provide legal certainty over accountability for gross, serious human rights violations). 2. The faces of revived New Order (Orba/Soeharto administration) in Indonesia. (Kontras has seen growing influence of Orba principles and the rise of figures who once considered as bastions of the 1998 reform agendas and ideas). 3. Long and winding roads to Aceh Truth and Reconciliation Commission. 4. The search for social justice for Indonesia's outer islands. (Kontras' findings during investigations in Romang Island and Barat Daya Island in Maluku). 5. Land grabbing by a cement company in Rembang. 6. Reclamation projects in Bali, Romang and Jakarta. 7. Regional elections and artificial voters. (Kontras sees that the public's participation in simultaneous regional elections is dropping.) 8. Evictions and negligence of collective rights of residents. 9. Indigenous people and social justice. 10. Torture by law enforcement agencies. 11. Munir murder case. 12. Yusman and politicization of death penalty. 13. Repressions of freedom of belief and religion. 14. Repression of freedom of association. 15. Expressions and challenges in the protection of vulnerable groups. 16. Law and terrorism. (Kontras found that security officers failed to restore order in terror-ridden areas.) 17. The future of justice in Papua. 18. The future of human rights, anti-graft and environmental movements in Indonesia. 19. Indonesia's ambiguous human rights reputation in the eyes of international society. REZKI ALVIONITASARI
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