INDONESIA: AHRC launches human rights report on the occasion of the International Human Rights Day

(Hong Kong, December 07, 2011) On the occasion of the upcoming International Human Rights Day on December 10, 2011, the Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) is launching its annual report on the State of Human Rights in Indonesia in 2011.

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In the report, the AHRC witnessed a “deterioration of the human rights situation in Indonesia in terms of religious freedom, the role of the judiciary and accountability for violence by security forces.”

The Commission deplored the ongoing impunity enjoyed by Indonesia’s military and police in relation to a range of grave human rights abuses and excessive uses of force, and reminded Indonesia of its commitment to criminalise torture through legislative reforms.

The Hong Kong-based group condemned “the lack of effective prevention and legal measures taken by the legal apparatus against fundamentalist groups, which shows the inability of the State to ensure fundamental rights, such as the right to life and the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion.”

The AHRC’s Executive Director, Mr. Wong Kai Shing, explained that “Some important steps have been taken by the Indonesian authorities, including the strengthening of independent oversight of the police, prosecution and judiciary, such as the Prosecutorial Commission. However, ensuring accountability for abuses by the security forces and the protection of Indonesia’s state principle of unity in diversity, requires much greater efforts by the government.”

The AHRC’s report details in its recommendations the key steps that the government of Indonesia must take in order to tackle these key obstacles in particular, and in order to improve the wider human rights situation in the country.

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