Author Archives: Setara Institute

President Urged to Reprimand Defense Minister Over Controversial Remarks on 1965-66 Massacres

Indonesia's Defence Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu listens to a question during an interview with Reuters in Jakarta, Indonesia May 11, 2016. REUTERS/Darren Whiteside

Jakarta. Human rights watchdog Setara Institute has called on President Joko Widodo to come down hard on Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu for ignoring the president’s instructions on dealing with past cases of human rights abuses, including the anti-communist purge of 1965-66. President Joko Widodo, who vowed to resolve long-standing cases of human rights abuse during his presidential campaign two years ago, ... Read More »

Expert Calls for Governance Revamp After DiCaprio`s Criticism

Leonardo DiCaprio and Sumatran Elephants at Mount Leuser National Park, Aceh, Indonesia on March 27, 2016.

TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Setara Institute sees that the government’s emotional response to actor Leonardo DiCaprio who criticized forest ecosystem destruction from oil palm business is a wrong, counterproductive move. Business and Human Rights Resarcher of Setara Institute Raziv Barokah expressed that the government’s plan to deport the actor is a bad move. He went on that it contradicts Jokowi’s development ... Read More »

Activists Call on Wise Men to Solve Historic Human Rights Abuses

Activists from the Victims Solidarity Network for Justice (JSKK) and the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras) held their 436th Kamisan, a silent protest held every Thursday to push the government to settle historic human rights abuses, across the from the State Palace on March. 24. The families of the victims rejected the government's plan to focus on reconciliation in the settlement of the historic violations instead of taking the perpetrators to court. (Antara/Wahyu Putro)

Activists are urging the government to form an independent commission made up of civilian “wise men” to push for a legal settlement of Indonesia’s historic human rights abuses to bring justice to the victims and their families. The commission’s members must be representatives of the public and not public officials from institutions involved in the violations, the human rights advocacy ... Read More »

Govt Remains Indecisive Over Resolving Historic Rights Abuses

The government said on Tuesday that it had yet to decide on what actions to take to resolve historic human rights abuses as several mechanisms were still being considered. Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki said that the government was still discussing what would be the best format for the solutions, whether it will take judicial or non-judicial measures. He ... Read More »

Indonesia: Missed Opportunities to Protect Rights

Cartoonist's depiction of Indonesian government restrictions on media freedom and rights monitoring in Papua.
Copyright 2015 Toni Malakian for Human Rights Watch

(Jakarta) – Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s first year in office produced a mixed record on human rights that lacked major initiatives to tackle the worst abuses, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2016. In the 659-page World Report 2016, its 26th edition, Human Rights Watch reviews human rights practices in more than 90 countries. In his ... Read More »