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Jakarta Post

The mystery of Christmas, Munir and Jokowi

Jakarta   /   Wed, December 27, 2017   /  09:43 am
The mystery of Christmas, Munir and Jokowi Protesters wear mask of the face of the late human rights defender Munir during the weekly Kamisan Silent protest in front of the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Sept. 7, 2017. (The Jakarta Post/Ibrahim Irsyad)

Two days ago was Christmas day. Merry Christmas to all who celebrate it!

Christmas is supposed to be a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, whom Christians believe to be the Son of God, created through immaculate conception. 

Many non-Christians are confounded by the notion of Mary’s virgin birth. Up to now, there is still no scientific explanation for it, and the mystery remains.

For us in Indonesia, for 13 years we have pondered the mystery not of a birth, but of a death: that of Munir Said Thalib, a prominent human rights and anticorruption activist. 

In 1998, he was one of the founders of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (KontraS) and acted as its coordinator until his death. Born in Malang, East Java, on Dec. 8, 1965, Munir was assassinated by arsenic poisoning on a Garuda Indo...

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