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Komnas HAM to brief UN
rep on Prita

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) says it will bring the libel case implicating Prita Mulyasari to the United Nations (UN) Special Rapporteur Frank LA Rue during his visit to Jakarta this week.

“We will bring Prita’s case to the UN special rapporteur,” Komnas HAM member Saharuddin Daming said Sunday as quoted by tempointeraktif.com.

The Supreme Court sentenced Prita, a housewife, to six months’ imprisonment on Friday for sending an e-mail to friends and associated alleging poor treatment at a private hospital in Tangerang, Banten – an action that lower courts deemed criminally libelous.

Saharuddin said the decision “clearly violated human rights”.

Komnas HAM sent a brief to the court that said Prita's actions were not criminal and were protected under the freedom of expression, Saharuddin said.

(rpt)

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