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Jakarta Post

The year of human rights paradox for Indonesia

  • Usman Hamid

Jakarta   /   Mon, December 21 2009   /  08:53 am

Final days of each year are always the best opportunity to reflect on what happened during the year in order to predict or project the future.  Just recently, people from across the country, together with other global citizens, commemorate the International Human Rights Day and still have classic demands that haven’t yet come to fruition: justice, land, employment and welfare.  The human rights situation in the year 2009 illustrates a paradox state. On one hand there were some improvements. In order to come to terms with the past, the parliament has made the political decision that recommends the President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono establish an ad hoc human rights court for enforced disappearance cases, including finding the fate and the whereabouts of missing persons, to provide rehabilitation and compensation to the victims and their families and to ratify the United Convent...