1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about human rights violations in Indonesia’s business sectors. Currently, the Indonesian government is geared towards encouraging and inviting foreign investors to invest in Indonesia, in the hope that foreign investment will strengthen the country’s economy. However, the government’s business policy has led to increased land confiscation and other agrarian conflicts. At the same time, no effective mechanism on agrarian conflict resolution has been put in place.
1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) and the Independent Journalist Alliance of Indonesia (AJI Indonesia) wish to draw the UN Human Rights Council’s attention to the rampant human rights violations against the right to freedom of opinion and expression in Indonesia. Under current President Joko Widodo’s administration, the security forces and vigilante groups are the actors to committing these violations most frequently.
1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to bring the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to Indonesia’s dismal standard of punishment for summary executions. Perpetrators are merely sentenced with light punishment, and, moreover, police are generally reluctant to investigate cases of torture and murders involving the Anti-Terror Police Unit (Detachment 88). In addition, the Indonesian government has yet to show serious commitment to prosecute past cases of extrajudicial killings, such as the murder of Munir Said Thalib, the killing of labour activist Marsinah, as well as numerous extrajudicial killings that have occurred in conflict areas, such as Papua.
1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to Indonesia’s dismal protection and acknowledgment of the right to freedom of assembly and association. As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the government has an obligation to guarantee such rights. The Constitution of the Republic of Indonesia (UUD 1945) also clearly guarantees and protects such rights. Despite this, countless violations of these rights occur, while the State is largely ignorant and indifferent.
1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the repeated violations taking place against minority religions and beliefs in Indonesia. In the last two years, congregations of Ahmadiyya, Christian, Gafatar, and even Muslim communities, have all been targeted.
1. The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to the fact that torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment continues to recur widely in Indonesia. Although Indonesia is a state party to the International Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), with the promulgation of Law No. 5 of 1998, torture remains routine, with only a few perpetrators being lightly punished.
1. Although Indonesia’s Constitution guarantees the right to life, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council that summary executions occur frequently in Indonesia. The targets are most often indigenous people and human rights defenders.
Indonesian legal system does not have a special law procedure which regulates pre-trial mechanism, and which can challenge whether or not arrest or detention has been lawful. Therefore, the accused or suspects face difficulty in exercising their rights with regard to the due process of law. This needs to be addressed not only by lawmakers but also by the wider Indonesian society and the international community, considering the scale and frequency of arbitrary arrest and detention that continue to occur in Indonesia. An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to the Chairperson Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Mr. Mads Andenas Mr. Mads Andenas Chairperson Working Group on […]