INDONESIA: An amicus curiae brief on the case of Mr. Haris Azhar dan Ms. Fatia Maulidiyanti

An Open Letter from the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) to the Panel Judges:

1. A case register Number No. 202/Pid.Sus/2023/PN Jkt.Tim (Suspect Mr. Haris Azhar)

2. A case register Number. 203/Pid.Sus/2023/PN Jkt.Tim (Suspect: Ms. Fatia Maulidiyanty)

Jl. Dr. Sumarno No. 1, RT.7/RW.4, Penggilingan, Kec. Cakung, Kota Jakarta Timur

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Re: An amicus curiae brief on the case of Mr. Haris Azhar dan Ms. Fatia Maulidiyanti

Honourable judges, I, the undersigned, Prakash Mohara, Executive Director of the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC), an international human rights organization based in Hong Kong, would like to express the following views and expectations:

In my opinion, Mr. Haris Azhar and Ms. Fatia Maulidiyanti are two good citizens who have become role models for many people, especially the younger generation in Indonesia.

They are human rights activists who advocate for all groups, regardless of the background they stand for. They are also citizens who have received proper education and have previous experience in carrying out scientific, research and advocacy activities in accordance with the demands of the profession and organization where they work. Research activities, research results, and discussions about research results that they carry out should not be punished for the sake of truth and justice. Criminalizing research, research results, and researchers and those who disseminate/discuss research results is a policy that is anti-science, anti-scientific. Furthermore, the use of the ITE Law is rubber articles and must be stopped immediately, it is the draconian law must be totally revised immediately.

Therefore, we hope that these two formidable Indonesian human rights activists and policy researchers are acquitted of all accusations and returned to their status and rights as citizens with dignity, with the guarantee that they will not be persecuted in any form.

Thus, I convey this view and hope truthfully for truth and justice.

Sincerely yours,


Prakash Mohara

Executive Director –  Asian Human Rights Commission 

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