INDONESIA: Impunity strengthened while past human rights abuses remain forgotten

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of the lack of seriousness of President JokoWidodo’s government in resolving past human rights abuses. This is contrary to the Nawa Cita, President Widodo’s vision and mission, which clearly states that he will ensure prosecution of past human rights abuses cases, and it also has a breakdown into a National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN 2014-2019), which states that the government will ensure protection of its citizens. The RPJMN also clearly states that human rights […]

INDONESIA: Neither recognition nor protection for Human Rights Defenders

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) regarding the situation of Human Rights Defenders in Indonesia (HRD). Defenders are still targeted for human rights violations in various patterns and forms. ALRC’S sister organization, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), notes and reports that human rights violations mostly targeted HRD’S who advocate environment, land rights and anti-corruption cases. We do believe that massive human rights violations in the area of environment and land are due to Government policy, under President Joko Widodo’s […]

INDONESIA: Minority Groups Freedom of Religion and Beliefs Remain on Paper

A Written Submission to the 37th Regular Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) about the on-going problems of freedom of religion and beliefs in Indonesia. So far the Government has failed to settle the old problems of religious conflict; therefore the same patterns still recur. These problems are twofold: #1 banning the establishment of places of worship by anti-tolerant groups and # 2 persecution of minority groups such as Ahmadiyya and Shi’a, up until today. The problem of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) of Shi’a and Ahmadiyya in […]

Submission concerning the Universal Periodic Review of Indonesia

INTRODUCTION The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) welcomes the opportunity to contribute to the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Indonesia. In the second cycle of the UPR in 2012, in total, the Republic of Indonesia received 180 recommendations, out of which the Delegation was able to accept 144 during the Working Groups session. The remaining 36 recommendations needed further consultation with relevant stakeholders in Indonesia. After consultation, the government accepted six of the recommendations as well.

INDONESIA: No justice for victims of enforced disappearances

A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre More than two years since President Widodo was inaugurated in October 2014, the Indonesian government has shown little effort to settle cases of enforced disappearances which occurred under the Suharto dictatorship and under successive governments. Until now, the President and the Parliament have not yet shown their willingness to ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance, despite signing it nearly seven years earlier.

INDONESIA: Arbitrary detention occurs widely and repeatedly without serious consequences

A Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to draw the attention of the UN Human Rights Council to the problem of arbitrary arrest and detention in Indonesia, which occurs widely and frequently. Despite Indonesia being a State party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the needed redesigning of the justice institutions, to reduce arbitrary arrest and detention, has yet to be done.

INDONESIA: Human rights defenders remain unprotected

A written submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that the Government of Indonesia has yet to demonstrate any serious intention to protect human rights defenders (HRD’s). So far there is no specific law or regulation that undertakes the protection of human rights defenders. In the past two years there were some cases of assassinations and persecution of HRD’s. The government has yet to change its policies to protect them.

INDONESIA: No justice for past human rights abuses as the government aims to avoid the Human Rights Court

A Written Submission to the UN Human Rights Council by the Asian Legal Resource Centre The Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) wishes to inform the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) of the following: No progress is being made. There is an unwillingness on the part of the government to resolve past human rights abuses using proper mechanisms. These mechanisms are under the standard of fair trial principles, the rule of law and international human rights instruments to which Indonesia is a State party. For the past two years, under President Joko Widodo’s administration, the government has aimed at avoiding judicial mechanisms and introduced a new alternative mechanism. It is called […]