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Jakarta Post

Komnas HAM says RI might fall short of UN rights review

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, May 12 2012   /  09:45 am

Indonesia’s human rights role at the global level is at risk as the government has repeatedly failed to protect its own citizens, according to the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM).

The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) might be critical of what Komnas HAM called the nation’s failure to protect human rights domestically, the commission said.

The UNHRC will begin its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in two weeks to evaluate the human rights records of the UN’s 192 member nations, and is slated to review the situation in Indonesia from May 21 to June 4.

The quadrennial review was introduced by the UN General Assembly in 2006 to assure that member countries had respected and implemented human rights and fundamental freedoms.

According to Komnas HAM, Indonesia’s poor human rights record, particularly its failure to enforce the law,...