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Jakarta Post

Rights groups to highlight religious prosecution

  • Margareth S. Aritonang

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, May 23 2012   /  07:23 am

Representatives from human rights groups say they will urge the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to issue recommendations forcing the Indonesian government to guarantee the rights of religious minority groups.

“We will specifically address the increasing violence against religious minorities so that the UN’s human rights body can decide on concrete recommendations for the Indonesian government,” Human Rights Working Group (HRWG) executive director Rafendi Djamin told The Jakarta Post from Geneva.

Rafendi added that the NGO delegation would also highlight the murder of rights activist Munir Said Thalib to add urgency to the need to abolish impunity.

The Indonesian delegation to the UNHRC’s quadrennial Universal Periodic Review comprises government officials, representatives from the National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM), the National Comm...