Human Rights abuses continue in Indonesia: Human Rights Watch 


Feb.1, Jakarta: The World Report 2015 by the Human Rights group Human Rights Watch (HRW)said that Papua’s festering low-level pro-independence insurgency  led by the Free Papua Movement (OPM), has continued to result in human rights abuses by Indonesian security forces on Sunday.

The report by HRW states that President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo should support human rights in Papua and bring perpetrators of rights abuse to justice.

HRW deputy Asia director Phelim Kine said that although president Jokowi pointed out in July that he would try to find the way to end the government’s stranglehold on foreign media access to Papua, it had not yet been done.

At least 69 Papuans were imprisoned for peaceful advocacy of independence by October last year. The National Police  at Jakarta arrested two French journalists, Valentine Bourrat and Thomas Dandois, on charges of “working illegally” on Aug. 6, 2014. They were released on October 24, 2014 after a Jayapura court sentenced them to two-and-a-half months in lockup.

HRW report, which was released on Friday claims that president Widodo himself has explicitly promised to investigate specific enforced disappearances in 1998. He had also gradually lifted the taboo on discussing the 1965 anti-communist massacres,which had later become the focus of Joshua Oppenheimer’s award-winning film– ‘The Act of Killing’.

Indonesia and Saudi Arabia signed an agreement in February that allowed Indonesian domestic workers in Saudi Arabia to keep their passports, communicate with their families, be paid monthly and take leaves.

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