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Amnesty paints gloomy picture of RI human rights

  • Dicky Christanto

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 30 2009   /  10:33 am

Despite it being 11 years since Indonesia entered the reform era, attacks on freedom of expression and excessive force are still rampant across the archipelago, according to the latest report from Amnesty International. The report, released Thursday in London, said the number of prisoners of conscience rose sharply to 117 people, while the number of people arrested and detained for peacefully expressing their views increased to at least 32 people in 2008. An additional 85 people imprisoned in previous years remained in jail, it added. "It remained a criminal offence to raise the *Morning Star' flag in Papua, the *Benang Raja' flag in Maluku, and the *Crescent Moon' flag in NAD," the report said. Amnesty highlighted the fact that excessive force was used by both the police and military when handling demonstrations and other activities. The report said the situatio...