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Rights groups seek pressure by Obama on RI

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, November 10 2008   /  11:17 am

Indonesia's human rights groups expressed hope Sunday that President-elect Barack Obama would put more pressure on Indonesia to resolve its major human rights cases. Positive changes and increased pressure should come from the future Obama administration related to Indonesia's democratization process and human rights advocacy, compared to the outgoing administration under President George W. Bush, they said. "During the Bush administration and post-9/11, cooperation between Indonesia and the United States was focused more on state-related security rather than human security," said Usman Hamid, coordinator of the Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence (Kontras). "The two countries have good relations but it has a policy imbalance with Indonesia, as its priorities are its war against terror and not human rights," he added. U...